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The caption of an Indian cellular firm says , “An Idea can change your life!” . Quite true . Great achievements are nothing but excellent implementation of great ideas . Those who are in the business of writing or blogging , tend to think more than others and hence are bound to get more ideas . But does everyone of them know how to manage them? Don’t you think many times it happens , when an idea strikes you and you plan to write about it but later tend to forget it due to some other commitments . Atleast I can say that it has happened with me in the past and hence I implemented some steps to manage ideas , which has helped a lot and hence I am sharing them here . The tips are very simple but they certainly help in idea retention and further increasing our productivity .
When you are at home (or working on your computer)…
1: Use Sticky Notes
An idea struck you?? .. write it… yes write at least 1 or 2 lines about it immediately . And instead of doing that in your computer , I’ll suggest you to use sticky notes first . You can write on them immediately and paste them on your monitor. These are quite handy and you will remember the idea till you have accomplished the task of implementing them in your posts . And if you think you’d rather save it in your computer , check this post by David . I think sticky notes are always quite handy.
2: Google it!
The next step should be googling your idea . Yes..find all relevant information about the idea using Google or Wikipedia and also research through some sites/blogs to know more about it .
3: Organize it!
Organize the scattered information using different tools like snagit or evernote . These tools help you to capture information from different places and keep them in one place so that you can refer to them when needed . However if you are not comfortable doing that , trust your pen and notepad . Yes…typing is yet to overtake writing with pen . Don’t believe?..well….even Gina Trapani of Lifehacker uses the same method.
When you are out and/or traveling…
My personal experience says that ideas strike more when you are not near your computer . So what do you do then?…Here are 3 simple tips to manage those ideas :-
1: Pen and Paper
If you are one of those who always carry a pen and a small notepad with them , then you know what to do . Just make use of them immediately when an idea comes to your mind . And when you reach home you can research on it on your computer .
2: Use your Cellphone!!
No pen or notepad?…have your cellphone?…great,use it to save 2-3 lines about your idea . It has happened with me many times when I got an idea while traveling in the cab and returning home . And when I reached home , I was busy in something else and forgot it . Hence now I use my cellphone to capture such random ideas . Also I’ll suggest you to set a reminder in your cell , so that you don’t forget after saving in it .
3: Just remember it !
And if you have no cellphone , paper or pen and an idea strikes you then the only solution is to remember it till you are home and then immediately use sticky notes to write it .
So these were the simple but effective tips which I was talking about . Let me know if you have something to add to it .