“A mile wide and an inch deep.”
I hadn’t heard that somewhat goofy phrase until I moved to Montana. But as goofy as I first found it, it’s actually a pretty apt description of what happens with scattered thinking and racing thoughts.
It’s like multitasking.
You think you’re getting so much done by working on 45 tasks at once at once, but you’re actually doing 45 things very poorly. The benefits of multitasking? Well, it’s been proven that they just aren’t there after all. And at the core of multitasking is a scattered way of thinking. You have one idea that zips and zags through your mind before it crashes into another idea and then ricochets into a third.
This can be great for creativity, but it’s not so great for getting things done. Racing thoughts will not help you race through your day in an effective way. In fact, they will pummel your mind and drain your emotional and physical energy. This is the sinister effect that I referred to above. It’s a recipe for extreme emotional fatigue. It will deplete your mental health.
So what is a frustrated human to do about it?
You’re in luck. There are some strategies you can use to save your day.