Thursday

How to Organize Thoughts, Ideas

You have many thoughts that pass through your mind each day.  Yet, these cool, great and wonderful ideas are not ever investigated or attempted, because you make no time for them.  Consider doing some things that will make it easier to look into these sudden thoughts.

1.  List your ideas the moment you have them or have a recording device handy.
2.  Take some time to copy them onto large pieces of paper (not small ones), so that you can refer back to them.
3.  Be sure the paper you select is easy to file or organize.  A simple three ring binder will do or a journal.
4.  Make a point each day to go over your book.  Ask yourself, "Why is this important to me?  Is it doable?  What will I need?  How much will each item cost?"
5.  Take some time to research the idea.  Is anyone else doing something similar?
6.  Select a good resource and utilize tips to help you expound on your idea.
7.  Test it and note your findings.

When ideas don't work, create a section in your book for them, cross them out or trash them.

Let's say you have many ideas and can organize them in categories.  You might know some people who can benefit from your ideas.  Use dividers and section off the ideas.  So maybe you have ideas for a relative's business, note those and include them in a section with your relative's name.  Then you have ideas for recipes, note them and include them in a separate section.  Then there were your thoughts about the next event, label the events and include them in their own section.  When it is time to put those ideas into action, you will have a rough draft of your thoughts and how you plan to implement them.

When you bring ideas to individual's attention, be sure you can answer basic questions they might ask.  Your notes should include the following:

1.  What the idea is in reference to?  State that clearly.  It should read so easy that a four year old could explain it.
2.  Note what is needed.
3.  Explain how it can be done, arranged, created, etc.
4.  List supplies needed.
5.  Pen how much items will cost.
6.  If there are other significant things needed to make that fantasy, a reality, attach documents, designs, photos, resources, and more to your notes.

Happy organizing!

Nicholl McGuire is the author of When Mothers Cry.  Learn more about her here.

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