The #1 Tool I Use To Get Unstuck

Posted by on June 15, 2016

McKella Sawyer

What do you do when you have a great big juicy goal that makes you excited and inspired, but you just don’t know where to start? Or when you get halfway through and hit a wall? How do you figure out what to do next?

This happens a lot with big projects like novels and startup businesses, anything you have to get funding for, etc. We get stuck in the bigness of it. We’re overwhelmed by all the moving parts and the sheer volume of stuff to do to make this goal happen.

How do you get out from under that and move forward?

Mind Mapping has saved my butt so many times.

I have lots of big projects going, and lots of them are things that are completely new to me (Ahem, like starting a coaching business) and I am constantly thinking “crap, what do I do now?” My mind feels so full of little “to-do’s” flying around my head that I can’t decide what step to take next!

You need to get that stuff out of your head and onto paper, ASAP because the sooner you get everything on paper, the sooner you can stop thinking about it. The paper’s got it. You don’t have to.

Now, you could list things out, but most of us creatively-inclined people don’t think linearly. We think of something and then five other things that go with that thing before moving onto another thing and then we remember twelve more things about that first thing…

I’ve found that mind-mapping is the planning holy grail for visual creative types.

If you aren’t sure how it works, check it out here.

This tool has gotten me out of overwhelm and moving forward so much. When I get everything on paper, I can see which steps I need to take next. When I finish those, I can go back to my map and pick up where I left off.

You might even want to keep a pad of blank paper wherever you do your best thinking so you can mind-map whenever you need to. Use this to plan out big, long-term projects, to break down smaller steps, anything to help you see exactly what to do next.

Give it a try!

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