This week's Tool Tuesday is a staple in my everyday life.
Tool Tuesday | Park it
Parking Lots are one of my favourite tools to get back the real estate in my brain occupied by stress, anxiety, worry etc. This tool works really effectively for me to park the thought and come back to it later.
All you need is a piece of paper and a pen to create an Idea Parking Lot. Put the piece of paper somewhere in your house where you frequent (mine is always in my kitchen as it is the hub of my home). I like to draw a parked car on it or add some car stickers (I often have those lying around my craft table) but this is optional.
The purpose of the piece of paper is to park the ideas that are overwhelming your thoughts, or your brain's real estate. I often think about my thoughts over the course of the day in a pie chart (each topic being its own slice). When you are overthinking, analyzing and can't get your mind off of something, it belongs in the parking lot.
The idea is to park it, or write it down on the piece of paper. You then commit to when you are going to come back to create a plan around that topic (perhaps it is later that day or later that week). Then you leave it there - visualize actually parking that idea into a parking spot.
Last step is to walk away, leaving that idea parked in your parking lot.
What do you need to park right now?