How to Use a Hyperactive Mind to Your Advantage
September 27, 2019
Are you one of those people brimming with ideas that you just can’t wait to start on a new project even if you’re managing one right now? Say, you’re in the middle of planning for your company’s anniversary celebration, then you find yourself volunteering to be part of the organizers of the next team-building event. While you’re busy throwing out ideas on where to go and what to do, you suddenly realize that you’ve forgotten to book the venue for your anniversary event, which is just a week away.
Does this situation seem familiar to you? Well, it’s not your fault that your brain is wired this way, and no, being lazy isn’t the reason you failed to accomplish all your tasks. You’re just being hyperactive, which can actually be a great advantage if you know how to work around it. Here are some tips for people with hyperactive minds, such as yourself.
Understand your patterns
Your mind has instinctual and intelligence drives, which means one side follows mostly on physiological needs (food, water, shelter, money, etc.) while your “intelligent” side gives you freedom on what you want to do (for example, eating junk food instead of a nutritious meal).
Every person faces a battle between what they need to do and what they want to do. But for you, acting on new ideas is just too good to take a pass. So, what you should try to do it to understand your behavior. Be mindful of the following things.
- How long do you stick to a task before you abandon it?
- When do you feel like losing interest when doing a task?
- Do you prefer to do tasks alone or with a group?
- What types of projects often lead you to lose interest?
Once you get a clear sense of when you start to lose interest, try cutting corners on the job to make sure that you finish your tasks.
To make a task more manageable for you so that you actually finish the job, try chunking or breaking it down. Then, set a deadline for each mini-task. Commit yourself to complete each one until you’re done with everything.
Want a great example here? Do you remember that New Year’s resolution of yours to lose some weight by following the plan made by your specialist from an MD Diet center in Orem. You can stick to that plan by taking the following steps.
- Define how much weight you plan to lose
- Schedule your exercise routines and stick to them
- Be patient and consistent
- Measure your progress and use it as a motivation to continue
- Let your friends and family know about your plans
Now, when you feel unmotivated to finish a task, try to think of your mini-achievements with regards to that particular task, and then, reward yourself. Yes, you deserve that award. Return to the task after getting a well-deserved break.
Once you get the hang of your patterns and routines in doing things, you’ll be rewarding yourself and finishing your tasks in no time.