It’s difficult to let good ideas go to waste, but we just don’t have enough time or energy to pursue them all. The Next Web suggests tossing out all but the best ideas to succeed.
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If you have idea overflow, it can be difficult to choose which ideas to pursue. James Clear uses this method to effectively weed out the ideas that don’t have the most potential, even if they are good.
Ideas are like rose bushes: they need to be consistently pruned and trimmed down. And just like a rose bush, pruning away ideas — even if they have potential — allows the remaining ideas to fully blossom.
Just like the rose bush, we face constraints in our lives. We have a limited amount of energy and willpower to apply each day. It’s natural for new ideas and projects to come into our life — just like it’s natural for a rose bush to add new buds — but we have to prune things away before we exhaust ourselves.
In other words: new growth is natural and it’s normal for tasks and ideas to creep into your life, but full growth and optimal living requires pruning.
Continue to take note of all your great ideas. Find time to revisit the list, and systematically mark off all but the best ones you would like to keep. The final list should be a tangible one.
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