One of my clients, PJ McGuire, created a system for capturing her thoughts and expanded a system using index cards that has her feeling enormously satisfied and extremely productive. Try this on for size.
So, you have a bunch of random thoughts in your head? Well, write them down. Those thoughts could be an amazing business idea or a bunch of gibberish. But you’ll never know the potential of your ideas if you don’t get them out of your head and on paper.
During my first month of coaching, Frank suggested that I start sifting through my constantly racing thoughts and ideas by writing them on index cards. He gave me a set of rules; only write on one side and throw the card away the next day if it’s a useless idea. I thought Frank and his idea were crazy but decided to give his suggestion a shot; my system definitely wasn’t working. To my surprise, it worked and I took his advice to the next level. Using the index cards has made a huge difference in my life and I hope it will work for you. The process is very simple and will get you organized. Are you ready? Here it is:
- Purchase colored index cards; they come in an assortment of colors.
- Choose a color to represent each area of your life. I’ve assigned RED for life/family events; BLUE for my company Modet Inc.; GREEN for miscellaneous stuff and YELLOW for To-Do.
- Always have blank index cards nearby. In your office, on your bedroom nightstand, coffee table, bathroom, etc. Good ideas come at all times of day and night as well as in a variety of locations. You should always be ready to jot them down.
- Start writing no matter how silly the thought; you can always throw the card away later. The important thing is to get the thoughts out of your head so your mind is clear for your next incredible idea.
To make the most of the To-Do cards I have a few tips. Write your To-Do’s for the day the night before so you can hit the ground running when you wake up in the morning. If you haven’t finished your tasks at the end of the day throw the card away and forget about it. This will keep you from beating yourself up over the things that you didn’t accomplish. Tomorrow is a new day; start fresh.
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