Quick, before you lose it in that pile. Grab that idea, the one you wrote on that one piece of paper that you tore off the edge of the newspaper while you were on the phone.
What about all those sticky notes around your monitor? Any good ideas stuck there?
How would you know?
People with ideas, usually have a lot of them. Some of them are really good and a few of them are excellent. The problem with getting your ideas out into the world is that you can’t remember where you put them when you are ready to take action.
The other problem is that until you are ready to use the idea, the little scraps of paper, that you wrote them down on so you wouldn’t forget, are in your way. In the way of doing good work on the other ideas you are working on.
Then there is the problem of how much time you waste looking for the one idea and getting side tracked by all the other ideas as you are looking for it.
Thinking about IDEAS and DETAILS a little bit differently can help you keep it all straight and ready to go when the time is right.
IDEAS are valuable. They can make you money, express your creativity or ease a relationship. DETAILS make the IDEA a reality.
The easy way to store IDEAS is on a list. One notebook, a dedicated space to keep them straight, and near enough to each other that you can see redundancies. It never fails. Once you start writing your ideas in one place you will realize that you have some ideas often, but because you write them everywhere, you didn’t realize it’s the same one over and over and you already forgot that you wrote it down to remember.
If you keep your IDEAS in a notebook, you can fit 26 of them in the same amount of space that you can only fit 8 sticky notes. Instant space saving. The list also becomes the safe place for storing your IDEA until you are ready to start working on it.
Keeping your IDEAS in one place also allows you to start filling in the DETAILS. When you are ready to work on something, pull the idea onto a clean page and list all the DETAILS as you find them floating around the office. Be sure to cross the IDEA off the list once you start fleshing it out.
Now the IDEA has become a PROJECT and is getting done. It gets done by working on the DETAILS during PROJECT time. Keep the number of projects in progress to a minimum. Working 2-3 at a time to completion is faster than 12 at a time that never get finished.
So, go ahead. Look around your office, in the car, in your briefcase, on the kitchen counter. Find all the little pieces of paper with notes on them and start an IDEA list. Watch the clutter and overwhelm disappear and get replaced with motivation and the steps to get it done.
In the future you will have the dedicated IDEA list and a process and place for dealing with the DETAILS.