Idea book

27.04.2010 - 01:08 · 2 min read

I think too much. No, I'm not bragging about it, it's just a statement. When I go to bed I usually stay up for quite a while and think about things. When I have a shower I may sit there under the water thinking.

And all the time I have new ideas. Ideas of things to blog about, ideas for websites, ideas for this and that. Sometimes the ideas are bad or even awful, sometimes they seem pretty good. Sometimes I make them happen and they work really well. But often it gets hard with all the very much unordered ideas roaming around in my head.

Today I had another idea. It's pretty simple actually and I wonder why I haven't thought about this earlier. Must be all the bad ideas blocking me from noticing the good ideas. And it's not exactly a new idea either, but for me it was sort of new. The grant idea was to create an idea book.

I always have a bunch of empty notebooks around, so I took one and wrote the idea number one on the first page. The idea number one, the idea book. The basic concept is to fill in the book all the ideas, the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones. All of them. It can be only the title of the idea, a short description or even just a drawing. Sort of like a scrap book of my mind. The difference with a scrap book is I don't have to go through the trouble of finding a picture or any other item from someplace and gluing it in my book. Only things I need are a notebook and a pen.

Now I'm sure there's some web service or a combination of services I could use like this, but part of what makes the idea book is that it's a real book. It's made of paper and whatever the book is made of. It makes the ideas more concrete than if they were in a digital form. Sharing all of the ideas on the book is also not part of the plan. They are there just for me and just to clear my head.

So there. If you are like me and think a bit too much and don't have time or even diligence to make full concepts or scrap book about your billions of ideas, try this one. It's easy and fast. And might help.


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I'm Mervi Emilia Eskelinen, an artist and business consultant and coach from Finland. I help indie businesses, freelancers and bloggers to find focus with their branding, marketing and web. I have almost 20 years of experience and a bachelor's degree in everything about digital media and marketing.