“The mind is a monkey, hopping around from thought to thought, image to image. Rarely do more than a few seconds go by in which the mind can remain single-pointed, empty.” – Dani Shapiro
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Curbing Monkey Chatter
No, the primates in the jungle or the zoo have nothing to be worried about, we aren’t looking to impose limits on their freedom of speech. A close friend of ours once complained about all of the relentless thoughts whizzing through his mind and how it was extremely distracting to him and made it nearly impossible to think about one thing for any length of time. You can relate, can’t you? This wasn’t a unique phenomena to him, this happens with all of us. The average person has something like fifty thousand thoughts a day. These thoughts seeming come out of nowhere and just zoom in and out of our minds at a breathtaking pace.
Does this distract you? It can certainly seem that way. Did you ever start upon getting a task done and while doing it, find yourself off on a side project pursuing something other than what the main thing was? Monkey chatter is probably to blame for that. Do we have to live like this forever? Believe it or not, you can indeed quiet down all the chatter and obtain better focus through some rather simple processes. “Simple? I’m in!” we hear people saying (or thinking!) Well, not so fast, we didn’t say “easy”, and while it really doesn’t fall under that category, it’s in the “worth it” column- BIG TIME.
Step one- get the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. No time to read? Get it on audio. This remarkable book has cheat after cheat on how to reduce “monkey chatter”, those nagging voices in your mind and tips to transform it into a “mind like water”, which means, and David explains, is a mind capable of functioning at peak efficiency, responding to new input totally appropriately rather than being forced into overwhelm where so many of us live right now. Even if you use only a few techniques he talks about in this book, it will pay huge dividends in your life. David consults with top executives as his business and if you think you have a lot on your mind, imagine adding to that the responsibility of running a multi-million dollar company.
David Allen takes you through a step by step process of getting things off you mind and relieves you of having to remember countless little things, little- but important- by developing simple techniques to manage it all without having to remember everything you need to do at all times.
We’ll go further on the subject of slowing down the rush of thoughts next time. We can’t say enough about this important first step, though. David truly is a God-send.
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