I don’t know about you but I am an idea guy. It seems I am always coming up with something new we can do at our company.
- We could write an article.
- We could write a book.
- We could create a product.
- We could create a membership site.
- We could create a new blog.
The ideas just flow and flow. For example, my “articles to write” folder has 315 ideas as I am writing this.
How about you?
Are you full of ideas of things you might do someday? Ideas that could be your “next big thing”
If you are, you know that having so many ideas is both a blessing and a … well, not so much of a blessing.
So how can you profit from the ideas you have without having your head full of random bits of “I need to remember that!” thoughts?
I have found these five ideas to be helpful.
Write all your ideas down in one place
I suggest you go out and get a nice notebook for this. Keep all your ideas in one place, whether that is a notebook or your computer which you can be also be using for playing games as League of Legends with the help of services as eloboost that you can find at different sites online.
I suggest a notebook because nothing replaces the pace and feel of writing something down. A good notebook and a great pen just pull creativity out of me.
I’ve been doing this for years. Here are a few tips from my experience.
Keep one page for every idea if you can. This separation is important when the time comes to brainstorm your idea and see if it has legs.
Realize there are no bad ideas. It does not matter than your idea is unrealistic today, or fanciful, or has already been done. What matters is you get it out of your head so you can further consider it later.
Have a “brain purge” session where you write down all the ideas you have so far. Transfer all notes, sticky notes, scribbles and more into your new notebook.
By the way, you don’t have to rewrite everything. Just tape your notes to a page in your new notebook and you are good to go.
I can name five businesses I own today that came from this process of writing things down when the ideas come to me.
If you are inspired, write out all steps
There will be times when you just write down your idea and move on. At other times you won’t be able to get it out of your mind.
At times like that, go with the flow.
Take time to write out the steps you would take to make the idea real. These are what Stephen Covey called the “big rocks”. They are the must do steps to go from idea to implementation.
You can fill in the little ideas later.
Filter your ideas
We all need a way to evaluate ideas to see if they are right for us at this time, later or never.
I use a process Ziglar teaches in his goal setting course to do this. Ziglar’s seven step process works well, and has worked for me for years.
If you are not familiar with his process, it starts with three very important questions. I have written about them here.
Do a weekly review
Once a week open your idea notebook and flip through the pages. This is a relaxed and casual exercise, not a deep dive into the pros and cons of each idea.
If you are like me, there will be ideas that you want to think about right now and ones that don’t really get your attention.
Make a note of which ideas jump out at you. From these you will choose your area of focus for the week ahead.
Choose one and focus for a week
Now it’s time to take action to move an idea forward.
Choose one idea from the ideas that jumped out at you during your weekly review.
Write the idea down on a 3X5 card you carry in your pocket or purse. If you are more digital, change the wallpaper on your computer screen or on the lock screen of your phone or tablet.
Bottom line, keep your idea in front of you all week.
During the week, as you have time, explore your idea.
- What would it feel like if your idea happened?
- Would you be happier, healthier, more prosperous, have more friends?
- What would it cost to do your idea?
- What action steps are necessary to do your idea?
- Is it being done now? Does that even matter?
Explore your idea deeply for one week.
During your next weekly review, decide if you want to take action now or keep it in your idea notebook for the moment.
If you want to take action now, set it as a goal or make it a project. Then incorporate it into your daily work schedule.
If you keep all your ideas in one place, review them weekly, and make one your area of focus you just might find more clarity of thinking, more free thinking room in your brain, and more traction toward making your ideas a reality.
And those are beautiful things indeed!