Do you have a parking lot in your mind?

park ideas in your mind - Parking spot in the mind
@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
October 24, 2010 7:36pm CST
Early in my career, I went to a few trainings were we discussed a few things about work. Often, when we came to a point in which we could not decide upon, we would put the idea in what we called a ‘parking lot’. It is a spot in your head where we put ideas on hold, and decide on them when it is absolutely necessary. I realized that I’ve brought that training even today. I have a few things in my parking lot which I haven’t had the chance to decide upon. Among which, is finishing that management certificate I’ve put on hold for a while. I still have to decide if I want to finish it or not. Of course there are a few clunkers-of-a-car in my parking lot. One of which is starting a business so that I don’t have to be dependent on my current work. I still have to come up with an idea of a business, not to mention capital to fund it. So, do you have a parking lot in your mind? What sort of things are in there? Care to share some?
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@much2say (39196)
• United States
8 Jan 11
Interesting to think of it as a parking lot! I've always thought of it as a closet - ha ha! Yes, there are plenty of things I've put in the back burner for a long time now. I do want to start my own business once both kids are in school full time - one down, one to go, but it won't be for another 5ish years. I was in graphic design, but next time around I want to start up my own company and work from home. And instead of doing business design, this time I want to market my own products as I feel I'm more of a fine artist at heart . . . there's lots of ideas swimming around in my head about that. I've also wanted to jump into childrens illustration and writing . . . I never did make a career out of that as intended. I am also a figure skater, and although I haven't trained since starting a family, I do intend to go back someday. I have a zillion songs that I would still one day like to do a program to - more swimming ideas. I like your idea of a parking lot - it's a whole lot bigger than a closet - ha ha.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
8 Jan 11
From all of your ideas, it sounds like what you have is a multi-level parking building inside your head! I know it is still '5ish' years, but with the optimism of this new year, you might reconsider and start now. Who knows?! It could all be then very successful after '5ish' years. Thanks.
@much2say (39196)
• United States
11 Jan 11
Ha ha - I think you're right! I'll be in big trouble if the lots get filled though (serious traffic!) - and it can very easily happen in my head. Yah, I was thinking to start sooner than later . . . I just have to sit down and work it all out - very difficult though. But yes, thanks for those words - it just might give me a push. Happy New Year to you!
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi bounce! It's so wonderful reading your post. And how organized you are. I'm using a cabinet instead. I think it's high time I take a look at the files inside and build a parking lot to hold them instead. And thanks! I would love to have a business of my own too so that I can spend more time with my family at the same time.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
Haha! I think I started out with a cabinet too, and then it got too full, and had to make parking lots. Maybe I should get into the parking lot busines! Maybe that's the way to reconcile my desire for a business and this discussion. Thank you very much.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
30 Oct 10
Believe it. It will be yours! I'm happy for you too.
@maezee (32269)
• United States
25 Oct 10
Bounce, I love your discussions. lol. they're so substantial and metaphorical (if that's a word, well, it is now.) lol. I agree 110% with the first person, I need to re-design my parking lot (AKA what goes on in my head). .I seriously do. I have tons of small, slightly irrelevant goals (learn a language, get into shape, reconnect with old friends, take a kickboxing class, plan a spring break adventure, and so on lol) and I essentially just forget about them and never take any action on them - so they just remain tucked away behind my every day life and ignorance of long-term and short-term goals. Gah.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
Thanks maezee, (On the discussions) I do try... I don't think those goals of yours are irrelevant. They're just more like motorcycles stalls in parking lots. Smaller than the regular sized ones for cars. I think I just know more about you (through myLot), that you're just currently pre-occupied with other pressing stuff, that these goals of yours are left in the background. Maybe one day..
• United States
25 Oct 10
my parking lot is full. i have thought of too many ideas that i just told myself that i would think about later and never did. like how i wish i could do this, and how i wish i could do that. all kinds of things. time to repave!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
And so, when you repave, do you repave over all the cars(ideas) that are already in there? So, that you could have fresh start? Clean slate? You know where some parking spaces have numbers in them? You should number yours, and start doing them one a time. Have a great day, and thanks for the response.
• United States
25 Oct 10
My mind is like a overloaded parking lot, which is always on the move shifting one idea and bumping others up a notch. I am on the constant thought as to what areas I can fill in and what areas I need to evade. It is a never ending process for me as I am always thinking ahead of times.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
I think your mind is like an ideal inventory warehouse. Where things keep shifting, trying to optimize space. I saw something like this in Japan once. It was computerized, and robot arms moved the stuff around. No human goes in there, so it was dark. It was very impressive!
• United States
25 Oct 10
My parking lot is so full that I couldnt fit another car in it. I have a few to do's that I am trying for but there is also this thing called ambition that I dont seem to have enough of so therefore my parking lot keeps filling up and up and none seem to be moving on and out of that parking lot. For almost all of my "cars" I have set a limit of this coming spring of my time to have the cars move on or they are getting towed LOL....
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
I guess you're right! I never even thought of that. That this parking lot is somehow related to ambition. If we keep puttin ideas in the parking lot, and constantly moving them out by dealing with them, it just means we're working towards the achievement of our ambitions. Thanks for the response.
• United States
25 Oct 10
I don't have a parking lot. Either I think a thing All the way out or it is forgotten. I have been known to obsess about things until thy either happen or don't happen!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
I used to be liket that. To obsess and think things through, until their done. And then I went to this training, and I realized that I could just park some ideas in my head and just come back to it when I get the time. But sadly, some ideas I don't really get to. So they just stay in there until they become clunkers. Thanks sarah.
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• United States
27 Oct 10
I am not made that way I fear. I don't park , I throw things off the bridge. I am a recovering perfectionist but if I can't see a thought becoming good idea, I simply forget it! I Still live by if at first you don't succeed, quit!That's why I will keep working on anything I think will work. and why I can just walk away and not look back with other things and relationships too! It's the way I'm made.
@arystine (1275)
• Philippines
28 Oct 10
This is a nice discussion, Bounce. It made me aware that I do have a parking lot in my mind. I'm a thinker, so I really tend to park some of my ideas in my mind. Most of the thoughts in there involve future plans, such as necessary stuffs that I need to accomplish/acquire in due time. I also park in there most of my theories on the cases that I handle. And try to find supporting ideas that can support these theories during my free time. :)
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
25 Oct 10
A parking lot is not quite the analogy that I think of when I go for my mind is organized. However, if I am using that one, I might have had a couple of crashes in it and some decent parking. Then again, I'm sure everyone will agree that they have had some nice cars, some decent ones, and some one's that just are about ready to break down. So yeah, I always went for the filing cabinet analogy. Where some ideas are filed away neatly, while others are kind of crumpled underneath the desk and failed ones are tossed in the wastebasket. But I think that the parking lot of the mind does work just as well. It really does depend on perspective. Most of the time everything is parked as it should, but there are times where there are some cars that are breaking down and even some near fatalities, if that makes any sense.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
Haha! Your response reminds me of our recycle box that we have in our office. Each of us has a blue box for all the recycle paper that we tend to accumulate in the course of doing our work. This blue box is usually under our table, just below the drawers. Sometimes we call it our 'special file'. When we get papers from people we don't really care about in the office, we put it in our 'special' file.
• India
25 Oct 10
Yes, I too have a parking lot in my mind but but it is very small, I do not park too many ideas, I like to keep them on the move.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
Hello achilles2010. I think in a way, having a small parking lot in your mind is a good thing. It just means that your ideas get dealt with as soon as possible, or at least before the parking lot gets full. Thanks.
@namdaemun (283)
• Indonesia
25 Oct 10
I think I have to re-develop my parking lot. I always keep things in my mind, but just for a short time. There are many unfinished tasks in my parking lot that I should have done it long time ago. I even once dreamed graduating from college in just 2.5 years. Now, I think that's impossible
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
27 Oct 10
Hello namdaemun. Sometimes we take this parking lot in our mind for granted. And we just stuff things in their that we hope we could get to some other day. But in reality we don't. It's great that you're already thinking of re-developing yours. Thanks.