I am a very visual learning by nature, so when it comes to organization…I have to find a way that appeals to my eyes as much as my brain. Typically, I go with the out of sight = out of mind theory for desk organization (don’t look inside my drawers), but when it comes to organizing thoughts and ideas for my blogs, I need to have everything right in front of me ready to go.
I have tried just about every technological advancement known to man in my quest to keep thoughts organized, but when it boils down to it…all of my fantastic, mind blowing, life altering ideas come straight off the whiteboard in my office. My Blackberry’s of old, my current iPhone and even Google Docs can not keep up with the productivity that my faithful whiteboard possesses.
After my failed attempts at keeping my random snippets of blog and eBook ideas in my head, I realized that I needed one central location to write everything down. The whiteboard turned out to be the tool that I needed the most. Not only can you erase items that are completed, but you can formulate complete projects easily and efficiently. Even with all of the incredible technology that we have today…I still go back to my trusty, handwritten whiteboard list to really put the hammer down on getting things accomplished. I can always tell if I haven’t had my whiteboard time as thoughts and weeks go somewhat randomly down the world wide web path.
Everyone has their own way of doing things, but…for me…I need it directly in front of my eyes.
Does this post have a point?
Absolutely! As your blogging and business building progresses, you are going to have multiple projects that are all flooding your brain at once. You are going to wake up in the morning, hit the shower and then BAM! A new thought is going to enter your brain and you need to get that down in some form of thought organization. As much as we try to tell ourselves that we will remember this fantastic idea later…we aren’t. Other things during the day are going to get in the way and you are going to forget that new idea that was going to set the world on fire.
You need to find a way that works for you when it comes to thought/idea management. If I am on the road, I go to the iPhone that keeps half my life in it, but as soon as I get back to my house…the thought hits the whiteboard. Finding your own system of thought management will keep those fantastic ideas that you get throughout the day fresh and it will free up your mind to come up with more that will grow your income and your business. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to remember that thought that came to you in traffic yesterday, so get it out of your head and into some sort of list.