Young and dumb, but I have an issue over planning multiple projects, and over executing in the first couple of days and switching projects.

by sircharliebrow. Posted on Sep 16, 2020    13    14

I always feel I’m not heading in the right direction, constantly coming up with a new idea that I am just as passionate about as the old one, then giving up for my newest idea.

How do I pace myself?

Edit: am on adhd meds....



Sounds a lot like me. Got diagnosed with ADD few months ago. Go look up symptoms of adult ADHD and if it looks like you, definitely go see a psychiatrist.


Get on ADHD meds, sounds like you have it

WretchedRob 1

Go to the doctor and get evaluated for ADHD.


Decide what you want?And then go in that direction, stick to it
It is also a problem that has troubled me for a long time

PrimaryWarning 1

This is my biggest struggle. Most importantly make sure you write every idea down somewhere like onenote so you can reference it later. Nothing's worse than having a great idea then forgetting it. Every idea do a SWOT analysis or business plan before you even start. Make sure you understand all the work and benefits first. Use this to determine which ones to work on and what to stop. There are good reasons to give up an idea for a new one but just as many bad reasons to stop working on an idea in motion.

My solution is to hire a project manager who helps manage the ideas we have and puts into motion. Also when i lose passion then she'll take over and delegate it to other team members to build or will make sure we're at a spot to put on hold before we start a new project. If you're large enough to have employees then just pick one and get it off the ground, automate then switch to #2. Otherwise you're just spinning your wheels starting projects that never produce any revenue.

Another tip is just push out a MVP for an idea then you can focus on it later. Sometimes if you can just get it to the first level you can let it simmer and it'll build itself and be ready when you're ready to pursue it more.

fuck_____________1 1

well let's say you're working on something 1h a day, that's not enough, you're gonna fail no matter if you stick with it or not.

let's say you're working on your project 40h+ per week, then even if you give up every single week, that's still 40h or new skills acquired, that you can bring into your next project.

it's not really a problem. I've tried 100s of ideas in the last 13 years as an entrepreneur. only 3 made significant money. and I've always made my living with entrepreneurship, never had a job.

even today I have 2 full time projects that earn money and have employees working on, and I still spend a few hours every once in a while working a project, and then giving up on it. it's completely natural. I have new business ideas daily. I write them down and sometimes do some research on them just for fun.

unlike other retards in this thread, I don't think you should force yourself into doing anything. you should be an entrepreneur because the idea of getting a job makes you physically sick. and you should work on a project long term because you're hungry for success and the idea still seems profitable after working on it for a bit, not because you force yourself to do it.

most of the time you work on something for 5, 10, 20, 100 hours only to realize the idea was stupid, and the right move is to cut your losses.

rededededdit 1

I have adhd too. Sometimes it helps to be ok with not doing it perfectly the first time. Just try to get something out that is bad but works. Then you won’t feel like it’s such a wall to overcome once you get to a certain point that has you stuck for whatever reason. Once you have a bad working version you can go back and perfect it

DennisTakeshi 1

Man, I know how that's like. It's about us overthinking to much and thinking that we shouldn't go further because we are not capable. That's a huge destructive thought buddy, and we should avoid it at all costs. As for me, what helped was having a "business partner" to share this idea and work this idea with, that is motivated and give us this little extra push. After that everything comes easy because you see your idea gaining wings and you will just motivate yourself to the point where you have this extra motivation on your own. No matter what are the obstacles and how hard it seems, don't give up!

ref006 2

Find ways to hold yourself accountable.

Fizernubits 6

Are you doing proper research before jumping right into your project?

For example: owning a bouncy castle rental company might sound easy. But then when you look into the insurance requirements, inspections, certifications, etc you might be pushed away from the idea after already buying your first bouncy castle.

Personally, I find spending time researching my idea or project niche often leads me to finding out certain requirements/restrictions that I did not know beforehand. Sometimes these are small road bumps, but sometimes it is an insurmountable hurdle. But this is OK, because I am only at the research phase.

I’m a believer that there is no such thing as too much planning. You can write down your plan and then share it with people, who might point out things that you didn’t catch the first time. And then you revise your plan.

Have an end goal in mind but don’t obsess on the big picture - break down your tasks to get there into smaller surmountable goals.

Shirtman88 6

Force yourself to finish the project you’re on all the way to getting it on the market.

I have this same issue over the years.

kaveldun 8

a lot of people mention ADHD as possible cause, but there's also the possibility of pure psychological causes. I myself have the same issue since many many years back, and just recently I figured out that it stems from an underlying lack of self-esteem that I didn't even know I had. For anyone curious, the mechanism for me has always seemed like:

I get excited about an idea, I start working on it, as I get a few weeks or a month or two in, I feel I start losing steam, and the project suddenly becomes uninteresting for reasons that seem concrete to me (it's already been done, the idea is probably not going to work, this other project is better, etc). I then eventually end up sucked into the next wonderful idea and the cycle repeats.

Now I've learnt to recognise the real process:

I get excited about an idea and am happy about it as long as the idea is in the "ideas space", because I'm invulnerable there. My thoughts are free to "create" whatever vision in my head and there's no failure. As I get working on the idea in practice, and I start seeing problems on the road, I become uneasy. Suddenly there's things to doubt. It becomes possible to fail, and it has now transformed from a dreamy idea, to a real-world challenge undertaken by me. Due the self-esteem problems, this causes me to bail. But since I was supressing the fact that I even HAD self-esteem issues, my mind found other ways to justify why I should drop the project.

A bit lengthy, but I feel psychological reasons are probably quite common, and also quite underrepresented.

PrimaryWarning 2

Interesting thought and i can definitely see some having this problem. Another similar issue is people are just architects and not construction workers. For many they lose focus because they don't want to do the work or severely underestimate how much work it is then loose steam in the process to find something else.

lemursrcool 3

Hi there, I really resonated with this comment and I believe it's because of a few self-esteem issues that I have as well. Feel free to DM me if you ever want to empathize with one another over this. :)