But as I began to think about my blogging plans - I also started thinking about how I process ideas.
When ideas start to flow, my first instinct is to grab a pencil and paper and sit down at my desk.
Then I remember that I always work better typing a list on my laptop.
So I sat and typed up a long list of blog topics, making bullet points and articulating specific ideas and steps to follow.
Now my head feels much clearer.
Something else that keeps me organized is having an ONGOING document called "Thoughts From Today."
It's just a place to hold random ideas and thoughts that might otherwise be lost.
Here's an excerpt that shows how random the ideas are, all piled together.
I keep this document (in Word) readily accessible by making a shortcut to it on my desktop.
When I think of something I want to remember, journal, scrapbook, a work idea, etc. - I pull it open and add it. Why do I keep it on the desktop?
I used to get frustrated with the task of keeping my computer organized so I started keeping anything "pending" or "temporary" on my desktop.
When I make a document or image that I either want to get to a lot or I know I will delete soon - I put it on my desktop.
The beauty is.....most of them are deleted soon after and my computer stays organized.
Here's a peek at my desktop. You'll see that I have some Silhouette files I created that I'm using for a class this week. Once the class is over...I will see them there and remember to delete them. (They aren't something I'll use again so they don't need to live in my computer forever.) Same goes for any image I right-click to save temporarily.
I love being able to stay organized with my thoughts and ideas.
I'm really working on "follow-through" this year. That means, not just wishing and hoping and thinking about what I want to do, but making goals and then listing step-by-step what I need to do to accomplish those goals.
What is your process for organizing your thoughts and how do you work best when you're in planning mode?