How do you handle the overwhelming excitement when you start working on an idea?

When I start working on an idea, gradually I get too excited that all my focus shifts to it and that affects my day job and my other daily chores. So I have to put it off. Please note that it's not fear or something, but the happy excitement that overwhelms me. Does anyone faces the same kind of situation? If so, how do you keep a lid on that excitement, while still staying motivated to work on it, and along with that keeping a balance with other areas of your life?


I recommend committing yourself to a standard vetting process. There's nothing like a night of sleep to set you straight. Try to disprove the thesis. If you can't stop thinking about it after 60 days, you may be onto something.

Answered 3 years ago

Blog about it. Writing clarifies thought... and editing a day later will help you focus on what matters. I keep a private blog for this purpose. Keeping it private helps me not focus on the blog as a goal, but the ideas. I used to just text friends all the various thoughts I got excited about... but I learned that you gain a lot of momentum by just letting people see what you have done rather than telling them what you will do or want to do.

Answered 3 years ago

The best way to test an idea is to begin to execute it, which is why a lot of founders say that success is something like 10% good idea and 90% execution. Think of your "overwhelming excitement" as an asset and dive in. But, be systematic and organized. Design your task list as a series of tests. Start to build, but critique at each step. If the idea cracks and falls over, then it was weak and it's time to move on.

Answered 3 years ago

A great way to handle the excitement is to get it out of your system. Why supress it? Give yourself a couple of days to be as excited as you like, and then make an agreement with yourself to settle down to the job at hand once you've had your 'fun'. Then you don't miss out on being excited (why should you), so you feel better and are probably more ready to move on to what needs doing next.

Answered 3 years ago

I think excitement is very helpful and it keeps you motivated.
My approach is, that I allow myself exited, but in this phase I scribble down all ideas and brain dump everything in a trustful place, i. e. note talking app, mind map etc.
After a few days have past I reflect about the ideas and it is so easy because they are written down.
Block some time in your week to work on your ideas. Time blocking in your calendar helps to stay focused and set boundaries when and how long you will work on the project.

Does it make any sense to you?

Good luck and best regards.


Answered 3 years ago

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