Thursday, April 21, 2016

What's the big idea?

I like to track how many Big Ideas I have.  (Technically I call them Big Ass Ideas - I'm not sure why, other than I like the sound of it.  Not everyone likes that thought, so I abbreviate it BAI).

I track it, because what gets measured gets done.

The impact of a BAI can be huge - even if a particular idea never gets made into a new process (I also track new processes).

Since I track the ideas I also set aside time to generate the ideas (it doesn't always happen during that time, but it's a good practice).  Occasionally when I go for a run I leave the headphones in the gym bag.  I leave my mind open to ideas.  It might happen on the run, or I might just wind up listening to the birds and nature.  Neither of those is a bad thing.  Frequently it will happen after the run. The ideas that have been percolating will come out when I get back to my desk.

Occasionally the impact goes well beyond the big idea.  Today I was tired and dragging when I got out of bed.  When I got to the point in my morning routine where I reviewed the upcoming day I saw that I get to implement my new big idea - the Top 4 projects categorization tool (more on that tomorrow).  Suddenly I'm fired up and can't wait to start the day.

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