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Thinking about thinking

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For more forced perspective photos, click on the picture

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This is a very cerebral post, so I will try to keep it short.

As a person who thinks a lot, I think lots of possibilities. I have ideas upon ideas and they pass through my mind quite fleetingly. This is happening to me all the time.  I think the goal, the steps, required materials, possible problems, possible outcomes, all in one foul swoop. I can break ideas down, but when I am thinking in general without concentrating on disciplining my thinking, I see it all at the same time. So generally, ideas come and go quickly because they have been attended to and are usually dismissed, because, well I can see a lot of possible problems before I start and my mind has moved on to the next idea.

Because of the way I think, I also see a lot of complexity in the world.  I can think of lots of bits and pieces that make up whole actions, so anything that I do not know how to do I see as difficult. I appreciate how demanding everyone’s jobs are. I empathise with people’s different life situations. If you give me a problem I can give you many explanations why that happened.  I can also justify anything because I see how different things are linked. As a teacher, I can create activities that are engaging, educational and manageable all at the same time, and often quite quickly off the top of my head. I can envisage change and how that may or may not succeed.  Of course, the actual result may not be the same, but in my mind I can think of the big picture. I actually do not like the tedious details, they weigh down on me as there are too many, and I see them all at the same time. I enjoy the ideas phase of a project and teasing out the plan of action. The actual doing is not so inspiring to me, so it is very hard to find hobbies that I enjoy from beginning to end.

Reflecting on this perspective that my mind naturally takes, I feel like I am being tricked. I feel like I am being tricked into thinking too much and almost sabotaging my action on difficult ideas that might be worth doing.

Is it not true, that doing would be a lot easier than my mind thinks it would?

I wonder why I have this thinking pattern, and is it good or bad?

Does this type of fast thinking hinder creativity or is it how creativity works in my mind?

Is my mind allowing me to see a lot of ideas and be selective on what I choose to do, or is it making me eliminate possibilities before I have even tried?

I do a lot of things but I always feel I could do more. I want to know how other people’s minds think and how they manage their idea processing. I also want to know whether processing too much thinking has played a part in exhausting my body to the point it is now chronically unwell.

Changing priorities- do it!

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Why do I put off the things I want to do most?

Like the best part of a meal, say the roast potatoes, why leave that to last?

Why do jobs around the house and start a uni assignment? I want to write. I want to make art. I didn’t get time today. I never get time.

My bucket list has all these travel destinations and activities on it. It’s nice to dream, but when will I ever get to go?

These are problems I am trying to rectify, except I think I am hard wired to dismiss what I want and what will probably make me happy to the bottom of the pile, where it will never be looked at again. There are also consequences to actions that have to be considered. I hate consequences.

Here are some strategies I am considering trying:

1. Flying by the seat of one’s pants

Worth trying sometimes, especially when out and about and things aren’t going so good, ramp up the being friendly with randoms vibe. You never know what may come out of your mouth or who you may attract. However, use with caution, especially at work. If you feel like you are dribbling crap to strangers or co-workers then pull away.

2. Letting whatever happens, happen

For someone who plans most of her life away, letting go is probably impossible. Sometimes just waiting for an opportunity to come your way sends you on a path you didn’t know was yours for the taking. Don’t forget that information always crops up which will help you cope here.

Again make sure that the situation is suitable for this and don’t risk your safety.

3. Doing the opposite of what you usually do

This works great if you are looking for adventure. It’s not a good strategy for work unless you have been stuffing up everything you touch. Remember that you got to where you are doing what you usually do. Is that a good thing or bad? If you say bad, then go for it!

4. Ignoring your credit card balance

This works well if you have a good income and debt will eventually work itself down. You can always justify spending, just think creatively.

This does not work well if you signed up for a credit card and you have zero chance of ever keeping up with repayments, eg. you are unemployed. An alternative is to sign up to some ridiculous deal where you have no repayments for 12 months, then you can buy stuff and return stuff and hock stuff at Cash Converters for a whole year before you need to worry about the balance. After the year is up, you’re screwed.

Think carefully about this strategy before trying.

5. Starting from scratch

Quit your job, sell/move house, convince your family to finally move out, and then start afresh. This works really well if your children are over 18 and capable of independence. This does not work so well if your children are still school aged. It is very cleansing to start again. Don’t forget to get rid of all your “stuff” as well so you start with nothing. One word of warning, be careful about what type of job and lifestyle you change to. Starting afresh as a meth lab chemist is not a smart choice.

6. Committing to something before you’ve worked out how you are actually going to do it

Ignore the feeling deep inside that this may be a very difficult or even impossible idea to achieve. Nothing is impossible. (Except maybe to see Michael Jackson in person, because he is now dead). Choose it and then make it happen.

This works well for travel ideas. Book a ticket, then worry about the details later.

7. Clearing a whole day for a hobby

How good does it feel to focus on one loved hobby for a whole day? I don’t know but I’d love to try. You may have to consider if you have children, you need to get rid of them for the day. I mean, encourage a play date for a day at someone else’s house, or call in Nanna or Pop or Aunty or Uncle. Remember that unless this hobby involves your phone or other technology, then hide it away and ignore it’s amazing loud vibrating sounds.

8. Having a makeover of body, soul, room, backyard, financials, or whatever is desperately tragic and really needs it

Choose one place or part of your life that needs a good shaking up. Activate makeover mode. Focus a shopping trip or an outing on finding things for this makeover and then make it happen. Or you could attend a short course on this with the view of changing it. Go hard, this thing is currently total rubbish so you have to make some brutal changes.

Be careful that you don’t just act on a fleeting manic idea here. Blue hair looks fun for a day or two, but it’s not a good look for job interviews. Be brutal but be smart as well, do some research.

What is it that you want to do?

How about you do it?

And I mean TODAY.

Do it!