Finding time to catch hold of your inspired ideas is a key to your creativity, your productivity, and to living your most enriched and enriching life!
So what happens to your best ideas now? Can you call them back at the end of a busy day? Do they get lost?
You see, we are all filled with creative, innovative ideas. Often they come to us at odd times and, if we aren’t paying attention, they evaporate. I believe that a major key to living our most energized and creative lives isn’t having the inspiration so much as developing skills to capture and implement the inspired ideas that come to us.
What kinds of ideas am I talking about? They might have to do with artistic endeavors … or they might be creative solutions to problems. An article or book you are reading might provide a spark … or a conversation with a friend might send you down a path filled with new inspirations.
You don’t want to lose them. So, what can you do? Here are 3 tips that I have found very helpful:
- Invent systems to record your inspirations at the time they arise for easy retrieval. Experiment and find what works best for you. Maybe a pocket-sized notebook, a small digital recorder, text-messaging, or a camera.
- Next, sort through your inspired ideas and decide which to pursue. Try setting aside time at the end of every day to review your collection of ideas and consolidate them in a special notebook or file.
- Let these ideas take root. Have fun with them – be playful! Journal. Jot down strategies to implement exciting plans. Translate your ideas into manageable action steps on a special To-Do list.
I shared an article on EzineArticles.com about this challenge, titled Time Management Skills for Growing Your Genius Ideas – 7 Essential Steps for Creative Productivity. Take a look for more ideas and strategies!
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