Once I get through first four questions on the Project Junkie Checklist I move on to the next phase of the check list:
5. Is it worth my time? meaning, will it turn into something useful and productive?
6. Is it really as brilliant as I think? I come up with some GREAT ideas that often are not quite as great as I initially thought. So after my excitement, I try to take a step back and look to see if my idea of belly button gardening is really as amazing as it was when I first thought it up.
7. Is it something that needs prioritizing? sometimes we really do have brilliant ideas, but we need to evaluate where they stand in relation to all our other brilliant ideas. Is this something that will require a lot of time, energy and focus? If so, is it so important that you need to do it now or can it be put on the back burner while you finish some other things first?
Often when we have brilliant ideas they occupy all our mental energy. So after the initial burst of excitement over your brilliance is done, step back and evaluate all facets of this new project. Make sure that you are not spreading your mental energy too thin. All of your projects will benefit if you can focus on each of them individually.
So give yourself some room to develop your brilliance and your brilliant ideas and give each of your projects the focus and attention they deserve.