The Problem with Good Ideas

A good idea is usually something you end up spending a lot of time developing.



So I am “technically” on spring break this week and am trying very hard to keep myself on track. I feel very distracted, and not for any logical reason, either. I am being distracted from my current projects by another idea, one of those new shiny ones that’s so tempting it’s taking all the energy I have not to give in.

It’s a good idea. That’s all I can really say about it. And all I have wanted to do for the past week is make this idea happen. But I can’t yet, because of a lack of money and time and resources. This is the first time I have discovered the “flaw” of good ideas.

A good idea is usually something you end up spending a lot of time developing, and not just because it takes a lot of planning to turn an initial thought into something tangible.

A good idea requires time because it’s time you are willing to spend making it happen. Because a good idea is an idea you are passionate about.

This is probably one of the biggest challenges I have faced as an adult and as a creator: prioritizing my time and commitments and realizing it’s okay not to try and do too many things at once. To focus on quality over how quickly I can get something started or finished. Sometimes we make that mistake. We rush into something before we’re ready and capable of giving it the time and attention it needs.

The important thing to note here, of course, is that saying you have to “wait” to make your good idea come to life isn’t the same thing as putting it off. You can still take small steps toward it even if the timing isn’t right. That is what I am quickly learning, at least.

Love&hugs, Meg<3

Image courtesy of Dineshraj Goomany/

Meg is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine, a guest contributor with Lifehack and a guest blogger for Food & Nutrition Magazine. She is an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner and has also written for Teen Ink and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.

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