Having Too Many Interests

Can anyone else relate? I just got back from a glorious week-long vacation spending time with my partner, our families, and dear friends. I find that whenever I come back to work after an especially fulfilling and relaxing time, my mind starts to spin with all of the ideas I want to pursue. This time in particular, I'm feeling so re-energized and ready to take on the world.

The problem is that I have too many interests. Too many things running through my head. I want to get promoted, work on blog, spend more time with dog and outdoors, write a cookbook, write a book on positivity, become a personal trainer, do some extra work trainings, work at a brewery, create a career development workbook, learn to sew, re-learn Spanish...the list goes on and on.

Does anyone else have this problem?

I find myself spinning and excited, but also terribly overwhelmed. It's times like these where I have to step back and treat this situation like I'm working with a client. How would I help someone else through this situation?

A lot of times I work with people who have "analysis paralysis"--and that's exactly what I have now. When working with clients, I would tell them that after you've done all the research you can, you might just have to take a leap of faith and pick one, knowing that it might be the "wrong one". Though, I'd argue that making a decision based on something that excites you can't be the wrong one even if it doesn't work out. Either way, sometimes you just need to make a decision and pick one to get the ball rolling.

In situations like this sometimes you just need that forward momentum. Maybe after a day you'll realize that another idea is better and that's okay. The point is to make a decision and jump in.

For me, I've thought about all of these a lot over the years. I currently have over 50 notes on my phone of things I've thought of and have been unable to turn into anything cohesive. But with thinking about my situation as I would with a client, I'm going to make a choice. While many of the things I can do simultaneously (like working hard at work to get a promotion, spending more time with my dog, and working on this blog), the heavier duty hobbies are the ones I need to just pick and run with right now. Here are the steps I took to decide and what I recommend for anyone else who's facing the same dilemma.

  1. What are the top three big options that most excite me?
  2. Of those three, which two are the most feasible in terms of time and finances?
  3. Which of these could I start immediately?

It's as simple as that. The three I'm most excited about are writing a cookbook, a book on positivity, and becoming a personal trainer. Of those three, writing a cookbook and becoming a personal trainer are the most viable options for me at the moment. The one I can start immediately is writing a cookbook.

Choosing to start writing a cookbook doesn't mean that I'm shutting down any of my other goals. Quite the contrary. But making this one decision has helped calm my mind and really focus in on this one thing. Will it work out? I won't know until I try. What's been running through your mind lately?