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Too Many Ideas?

Have you got lots of ideas, are equally enthusiastic about them all and don't know how to keep track of them, or how to prioritise them?

There is one quick method which I sometimes recommend to clients. This is a tool to get the ideas out of your head and onto paper, and begin to get some clarity on which to follow up and when. Like many of my favourite tools, it involves a large sheet of paper and post-it notes.

Spread the paper on a table or pin it to a wall.
On a post-it note, write down in a couple of words or a short sentence the essence of your first idea and then stick it anywhere on the paper.
Then do the same for every other idea until you have got all of them out of your head. (Remember to only have 1 idea on each post-it note.)
When all the ideas are scattered on the paper, start arranging all the post-it notes into a timeline. (Don't stress to much about this - this is just an outline and you can fine tune later.)

This process helps to:
  • get all the ideas out of your head
  • captures them all in one place where you can see them
  • helps you shape short, medium and long term goals
  • frees you from the panic of having to do everything NOW!
  • start creating some structure to move from idea into action
  • helps to identify the priorities - the ideas you REALLY want to do against the ones which would be nice if you have time (you can move those into a 'holding pen', still on the paper but tucked to one side)

You can use this as a constant guide to what you want to do when, and to keep you clear and motivated.

If this has struck a chord with you and you want support in this or other issues,  check out how we could work together and get in touch.

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