The mind is a curious thing. It helps each of us handle multitudes of tasks with no more than a whisper of a thought. It can spark us into action to tidy up for an important date or finish that meticulous project we know is due.
How we respond to external stimuli is more than our own brain answering our commands like a “genie.” Why we can get so many things done in massively ingenious ways is by our creative “mind”?
Our mind is an unlimited resource that is ready to access the information we have learned and willingly able to discover answers to problems and mysteries we have yet imagined.
The Creative Mind
Our mind tunes us in to the creative energy that is all around us. The mind is more than a brain that imprints experiences that we may draw upon them when we need. It is a powerhouse of infinite reasoning that is so ubiquitous, it functions as a “dual” presence: as the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.
The projects we wrap up quickly are accomplished often by rote. Our conscious mind has already given the necessary instructions to complete them to its silent half, our unconscious mind.
Goals, whether to eat, play, or to purchase a must-have, are like neural subroutines that happen one after another. Unlike the conscious counterpart that processes information methodically, it is the unconscious mind that can run these miniature programs — and access unlimited tomes of data, unencumbered.
“Unconscious processes are smart and adaptive throughout the living world... The ‘unconscious mind’ is the rule, not the exception.”
- John A. Bargh and Ezequiel Morsella.
The side of the bed you sleep on, the one pants leg you always step into first — are managed easily by the unconscious mind. So easily that we may not comprehend how fine-tuned our responsiveness is to unobserved stimuli. Our interaction with external stimuli influences how we engage with our environment, not from the stimuli alone.
One Thing at a Time
The brain makes up our mental world by focusing upon one experience at a time. Each of us has an internal conscious-guide, called a reticular activation system (RAS). When you see a car you like that is a particular shade of blue, and soon you notice the same color on many other kinds of cars, it is the reticular activation system that is singling out your heart’s desire — with pinpoint accuracy.
“The reticular activating system can even make the larger problem seem smaller and smaller achievement even larger,” states the ReticularActivatingSystem.org. “If we focus on something which seems very fascinating or important to us then the smallest achievement in such a field can make us visualize [it] as a biggest achievement similarly.”
This explains why we start our management projects with excitement and later our enthusiasm wanes. When we use benchmarks that measure our progress, we keep to our projects and we stay on a productive trek.
Having mini-deadlines can steer any project toward a smoother completion. Tap into your ability to complete more assignments by managing your projects not just productively, but creatively.
- Give yourself a deadline to finish a project.
A project is manageable when you give a specific date to target. Remember to add extra time as a cushion when possible.
- Break the project into smaller pieces.
Think about how you can limit speed bumps along the way by arranging goalposts that are more readily achievable.
- Do the small stuff first.
Getting the small bits of a project out of the way frees up more of your time to focus on the larger tasks.
- Take a breather at the halfway mark.
Midpoint through a project is a perfect time to review your progress. Note the places that need more attention so you can focus on them next.
- Share your progress with a team member when working in a group or in larger teams.
Another pair of eyes can help you zero in on areas that require some TLC. Remember to share the same courtesy with project teammates. Reciprocation yields greater productivity for the project you are spearheading and on future ones.
The conscious mind and the unconscious mind are expert task-driven resources. Their goal-to-finish abilities are strengths each of us can mirror to fortify our productivity.
Your project management assignments should always flow through a system, or flourish by using an application that allows you the freedom to enjoy your work creatively.