I’m one of those people whose brain works much faster than anything else. This includes my speech and my writing.
When I think of something, I almost immediately have to act on it. Otherwise, I might lose the thought. As an example, I thought of writing this post as I was looking for my son’s lacrosse practices times. I opened WordPress, wrote a few sentences, put the post into draft status and went back to my calendar. I think I answered a few emails and checked Facebook notifications in between.
I have multiple tabs open in my browser, sometimes in multiple browsers to help me organize the different accounts I manage, the articles I’m reading or the research I’m conducting.
I have a notebook full of ideas and reminders of what I have to do and when. Evernote holds my more organized thoughts and ideas, interviews I’ve conducted and links to articles I want to reference or read later.
In conversation, I say things before I think because the thoughts are coming so fast. This has gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion. As you can imagine, I am a very fast typer and terrible at handwriting. The thoughts come too fast for the pen.
I’m not sure if my brain activity is a blessing or a curse. I don’t know what it’s like to shut off my brain, because I rarely do it. I’m not sure I know how to. I suspect most entrepreneurs are like this.
And, who are we kidding? Mothers are the queens of multitasking and keeping track of many things at once.
As a single mom to two elementary school-aged boys, I’ve become pretty darn good at prioritizing and letting the other stuff go. But the brain. It’s always going.
I’ll get rid of distractions and attempt some sort of meditation type thing, but that doesn’t work very well for me. Best I can do is get away for an outdoor workout or do some push-ups and stretches in the living room.
I’ve got thoughts to process and ideas to make into reality. When I think about where I’ve been and where I’m heading now, I have to think there’s a method to all this madness.
Maybe the quick moving brain isn’t so bad after all.