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HOW to Capture Those Great Ideas.

Ever thought of a cool new idea in your business, a new process that would save you time, an exciting new product, a new service offering or new marketing idea – and then just forgotten it? Or you’ve written it down and lost the piece of paper? Lost it in the muddle of other things in your head? Why can’t we just remember those great ideas we have?

I’ve been there… There’s too much going on in your head. You’re dealing with the day to day. Or you’re suffering from paralysis by overwhelm, from failed multi-tasking, poor execution, procrastination – or a large dose of stress!

This Week’s Focus: Insight

So, how can we ensure we capture all those great ideas that could well improve your business and lifestyle for the better?

I write EVERYTHING down. I stay productive and focused knowing I have it noted down and that I have time scheduled later in the week/month to review these ideas when I am in a creative mood. Then, I can take that time to review, research, develop and select those I think would be great to progress now, and ‘put a pin’ on others for a later date.

This way I never have to worry about the fear of not being able to remember those great ideas.

Here’s a little tip that might help you…

Have a page in your paper diary, note on your desktop or section in your task software where you note ideas or tasks at the point that you think about them. Jot it down – with whatever relevant link or attachment.

Then just leave it there. Let it leave your mind, knowing it is safely recorded and you will return to it in due course at the scheduled time later in the week. That’s what Sara Blakely does.

Your Task this Week:

Do a brain dump of all those tasks that have been floating about in your head – both home and work tasks… EVERYTHING. Then once you are done, take a short break. When you revisit them, decide what you’re going to deal with there and then, and what can be returned to later.

Be mindful of how you feel after completing the ‘brain dump’. A bit more relaxed maybe? A bit more able to remember those great ideas?

Give it a try this week!

As David Allen says:
“Your head is for having ideas, not holding them”

This Week’s Insights:

The Ant Nest Principle
What Ants can teach us about Business! In recent years, people have started to think about company hierarchical structure in new and interesting ways. Read on for lesson or two from our strongest, littlest creatures!

80/20: The Pareto Principle
As the story goes, back in 1906, the Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto was in his garden looking at his peas. He noticed that a very small number of pea pods – twenty percent – were responsible for the majority of the healthy peas that he harvested: eighty percent.

An interesting video I found from Tim Ferriss:

The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Watch this empowering video for more details!