How To Keep Track of Your Ideas

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A one-in-a-million idea is exactly that—one in a million. They have a tendency to come to you when you’re least expecting it, and to make sure you don’t let a great idea escape, today we’re talking about different ways to keep track of all your ideas.

Stick ‘Em Up

We’re kickin’ it old school and bringing back the sticky note. It seems obvious, but having a good ol’ sticky note hanging right in front of that beautiful face of yours is a good way to write down ideas and keep track of things you need to do. If the thought of sticky notes bore you, keep in mind that sticky notes are no longer plain squares of yellow. Take a peek at these cute and clever sticky note collections: bee sticky note tabsiphone sticky notescoffee cup and beans sticky notes. 

The Voice

Ever wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and think, “Oh my gosh! I am a genius.” If you’re half asleep, turning on the light to write down your idea on a piece of paper is a serious ordeal. Skip the hassle by whipping out your phone to record your idea. The new iPhones have a pre-installed ‘voice memos’ app where you can record, trim, and save your voice notes. Other apps like Smart Voice Recorder and iTalk have a similar downloadable app where you can record your voice, share, and keep a running library of all your voice memos.

"If you’re half asleep, turning on the light to write down your idea on a piece of paper is a serious ordeal. Skip the hassle by whipping out your phone to record your idea."

Duly Noted

One sure-fire way to keep track of your ideas is to write them down in a handy dandy notebook. Because notebooks come in various sizes, you can decide if you want a mini one to keep in your purse, a medium one to throw in your backpack, or a large one to keep around the office. Make it fun. Pick a notebook that fits your goals. Want to be inspired every time you look at your notebook? Pick something whimsical and creative like this Anthropologie Marbled Notebook or this SouvNear threaded closure notebook. Want to get down to business? Pick a notebook with structure and elegance like this embossed red Italian leather journal. The color red symbolizes passion and determination and has been known to increase physical energy levels like heart rate and adrenaline—perfect for a business savvy individual just like you.

Hello, Trello

Trello is essentially a digital index card library—only way better. Here, you can create lists with individual ‘cards.’ On each card, you can write your ideas, add attachments, insert checklists and due dates, write comments, and share with coworkers or other members who would benefit from seeing your ideas. Trello is available on the web and has downloadable apps for numerous platforms. The best part? It’s free.

These are just a few ways to store your award-winning ideas. Keep a record of everything because you never know what you may use in the future. If you have any other creative or efficient idea-tracking techniques, be sure to leave us a comment below.

As for all those ideas floating around in that creative mind of yours, keep ‘em coming you beautiful mind, you.