Show Notes

Episode 157: Bright Shiny Object Syndrome (Redux)

Back in 2019, Shannon and Janine had a discussion of how to stop being taken off-course by bright shiny objects. The subject is as relevant as ever, so we thought we’d run it again in case you missed it the first time!

Like the dog in the movie Up who shouts “Squirrel!”, we can so easily get distracted by new and exciting things. This week Janine and Shannon discuss Bright Shiny Object Syndrome and some strategies for resisting it, as well as for harnessing it for good.

Discussion topics include:

  • How easy it is to be pulled away by bright shiny objects (BSOs)
  • Shannon’s 90-day plans that help her resist the BSOs
  • The importance of having a system in place to take note of the BSOs so you can come back to them later
  • Using Bright Shiny Object Syndrome to your advantage
  • How Janine harnesses her penchant for BSOs by using Trello for task management
  • Building BSOs into your plan for your day
  • Identifying why you’re drawn to a particular BSO to help you modify your existing projects/systems to make them more attractive to you
  • How being kind to yourself fits into the picture


Note: The episode on distractions that we mentioned was actually Episode 26: Multitasking, where we talked a lot about distractions.

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