Drowning in ideas, Lacking in focusSubmitted by Jakobie on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:18
This is my first post on the Daily Paul, I didn't bother searching past posts for something related to what I'm about to ask, please bear with me...
Scroll all the way down for a TL;DR (Reddit-speak for "Too Long; Didn't Read") and my actual question.
Long story short I am a young college student with too many ideas and not enough action. There is so much I'd like to do. Here's a list of just some of my goals.
1) Excel in my undergraduate studies for engineering
2) Work on related projects in that industry: internships, programming, etc.
3) Make enough money to pay for my living expenses, they aren't much
4) Start various businesses to begin my dream of having my own little empire
5) Learn various skills
6) Perfect taking care of myself through nutrition and other health areas
7) Train to compete in my sport on an amateur/semi-professional level
... Between family, friends, obligations, taxes, stress, following world events and the many other distractions in my life it almost appears impossible. Of course I'd like to believe nothing is impossible, or else I'd be a defeatist.
I'd like to think I have a better chance of reaching my goals than the average American but so far I've only disappointed myself. I'm doing well based on others standards but I have my own standards. I'm not necessarily lazy, but surely I am not as motivated as some of the men and women I look up to.
This is ending up being a long story not-so-short...
My initial thought is to follow Maslow's hierarchy of needs (or something similar) in order to build my life in a somewhat proper manner. I've managed to divide life into major categories that I think are important. Something like: Social, Financial, Spiritual, Personal, Physical, Career(ical). Trust me, I've spent WAY too many hours on the internet aimlessly perusing the internet in search of tools to help me reach my goals. I have countless Word documents outlining things I want to achieve as well as notes for the many projects I haven't come close to completing. My browser is constantly filled with tabs and I never seem to be able to focus. I'm great at planning, bad at finishing.
I know I sound like a pussy and that I should man up. I've had to find out a lot of things on my own in life and find the DP to be a perfect place to search for Masterful guidance. If you could spare me quotes like "Action is the key" and all the other clever sayings that'd be great. I've heard them all. All I'm looking for are actionable tips from the DP community.
I don't need tips on my specific goals, just general helpful hints that are able to assist anyone looking to achieve something.
TL;DR: What are some specific techniques for a young man who is drowning in ideas to find a way to focus his attention?
Thank you for your spare time.