It feels like I have a million of brilliant business ideas, but I’m not sure which one to pursue, and what to do next. I’m really creative but get overwhelmed with all of the thoughts because I want to do them all. I get stuck trying to figure out what to focus on, so I start a lot of projects, but I just end up not gaining traction on anything. What are some ways I can be creative and get things done?
The beauty of creativity is the ability to pursue ideas and to make something out of nothing. That’s what I love about being an entrepreneur, a leader, and a creative -- the freedom to be able to get inspired and then be able to execute it.
Now the thing is: value doesn’t come from ideas that are stuck in your head but completed projects and products that you put out into the world so that it can actually serve people.
So how do you bridge the gap between just dreaming up some ideas and strategically planning out the process so you can execute on those ideas?
First, I think it’s important to start with prayer -- to put the focus on God as the ultimate Creator and you being His vessel to do good work, and His messenger to share His message.
“God, thank you for the opportunity to use creativity, wisdom, and obedience to
use the gifts, resources, and relationships you’ve given me to share the message
of the Good News by doing great work. I pray for inspiration for brilliant ideas,
clarity for specific strategies, and courage to take action on being the steward who
brings what you’ve put on my heart into reality.”
Next, I wanted to share with you a simple yet powerful tool to help you to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Introducing….the Mind Map! It’s also known as the brain dump.
A brain dump or a mind map is a great way to get your creative ideas out of your head and onto paper so you can visually see what’s important, and possible action steps to take to complete a project. Most of all, it’s fun!
Guidelines for doing a brain dump/mind map:
1. Do this exercise around a specific goal or project idea.
2. Give yourself permission to jot down any ideas that come to mind. No judgment!
3. Set a time limit for at the most 15 minutes to get all your ideas down on paper.
4. Once you’ve completed it, eliminate the bad ideas, and prioritize the important ones,
according to the resources you have available to you.
Ask yourself some filtering questions, like:
What stands out to you as most important?
What do I need in order to make this happen?
What makes sense given the resources available to me?
What can I really commit to creating?
5. Break down the project into action steps so it’s easy to schedule in your calendar and put into your to-do list.
This way, you can create awareness of all the steps of the projects as well as create an action plan that sets you up for better success to actually doing it!
If you’d like a reusable guide to mind-mapping like a pro, then download the “Prayerful & Playful | Project Planning Guide”!
You’ll save yourself time and sanity by considering the cost of the project you’re pursuing AND have no more excuses of feeling overwhelmed with ideas stuck in your head.