This morning I discovered a significant problem…
I encountered a blank page in my ideas journal.
It’s been 6 weeks since we touched down in the land of Oz. That makes it about 12 weeks since I’ve worked at full capacity.
I made the ‘mistake’ months ago.
When we got our leaving date in the UK, I reassessed my high-ROI tasks and stripped them back to a bare minimum. I had so much personal stuff on my plate, I simply didn’t have as much time as I would like to devote to my business.
Now, I’m paying the price. I haven’t made time to stop and create ideas for a while now. So today when I opened my trusty book and flicked through the pages, nothing jumped out.
Of course, it was the right decision at the time.
But 3-months on, it’s a reminder that I need to make time for idea creation every single day. Because, when I don’t, it’s only a matter of time until it comes back to bite me in the arse.
How I plan to pack my ideas journal so I never run out of ideas again.
Moving to the other side of the world was a one-off thing (well two, if you count the fact that I moved to the UK then back again). So now I’m settled, it’s time to make sure I’m consistently creating new ideas for my writing. Here’s how:
1. Add ‘idea creation’ to my daily schedule.
This will be a time specifically devoted to thinking up new ideas for my writing.
2. Develop and follow an idea generation process.
In the UK, I had a process. I would make a cuppa, trudge up the stairs, place my cuppa and ideas journal on the window sill, and create ideas as I watched the world go by.
Unfortunately, I left my favourite ‘thinking spot’ in the UK. So it’s time to find another. Once I’ve chosen my spot, it’s on to step 3.
3. Write EVERYTHING down (even the ‘bad’ ideas).
The key to idea generation is you have to write everything down, otherwise, each idea will disappear like snowflakes melting as they hit the ground. For scheduled idea generation I have one place to store my ideas — in my leather bound ideas journal.
Simply opening this journal first thing in the morning is a signal that it’s time to write, and opening it in the afternoon is a signal that it’s time to generate ideas.
It’s that simple.
I know, by following this strategy, I’ll never run out of ideas again.
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