How do I cope with "idea overflow"?
My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas.
Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to learn a lot to be able to realize them. The problem is: the more I learn, the more new ideas I get and, and the harder it becomes to focus.
It's not just a question of distraction. Sometimes the new ideas improve the old ones. But then before I realize an improvement, a new idea comes to mind.
I've tried the Lean method, but the problem is that implementation is always too slow. New ideas arise and slow the progress of my project. I've also tried not to start on anything new before finishing old tasks. This, too, hasn't worked.
Any suggestions on how to cope with this "idea overflow"?
EDIT (based on the answers/comments):
- concerning the nature of the new ideas: it can be both, improvements of existing ideas (not only minor) and completely new and independent ideas coming as result of learning/investigating of the previous ones
- concerning the "good enough / not good anymore" principle: I agree with that but what to do if the "old" idea is not bad (or still under investigation of its usefulness) and the new one looks also very promissing (or need further investigation)?
Example: I am creating an international community website for one specific niche market (idea A) --> during the work, I discover another similar niche with a great potential (idea B) --> in the meantime lean method: after discussion with early users of "idea A" ideas (C + D) to improve A --> in parallel, discussions with friend about completely different topic: idea to create an algorithm to calculate probability of sport events results (idea E) --> ... and so one...
And it's like this almost every day.
I have read some books ("Toilet Paper Entrepreneur" / "Choose Yourself!" / ...) that advice becoming an "idea machine".
But frankly, when it is too much (and it's unconscious) it can be quite frustrating and handicapping...