The BIG Idea File: Managing The Mother of Invention
Ever think to yourself: If I could just get a handle on all these amazing ideas, I’d be kicking it at a posh beach resort instead of packing lunches, sorting laundry and dealing with any of the other 3 million tasks that go along with motherhood?
We get it. It happens to us too!
The seeds of inspiration are everywhere – in the news, in your daily life, in the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Call it the “Mother of Invention”, but often that’s where it starts. A mom puts two and two together, and voila – the next big entrepreneurial success story is born!
If only there was a way to manage all your BIG ideas…
I call it my BIG IDEA file and it’s how I handle all the new ideas as they pop up without getting distracted from the task at hand AND it’s a new feature column for MOMeo Magazine!
First a bit about how a BIG Idea file works (and then we’ll give you the full scoop on our new column).
It’s simple: take all the tiny pieces of paper, emails, web links, napkins, magazine clips, wrappers, and any other bits and bobs that sparked your creativity and file them for follow-up!
File It – Create an email folder, desktop folder and bookmark called BIG Ideas and drag random email correspondence, notes, tasks, web links and documents into the folder for future reference. If you want to get fancy, use one of those idea-sorting systems like Evernote.
Flag It – The purpose isn’t to file ideas for permanent storage – it’s to get them out of our brains and into our calendar for follow-up. Flag each BIG Idea for immediate, short term or long term follow-up.
Follow Up – Create a task list for any of the immediate ideas and assign a deadline. Schedule 15 minutes in your calendar every week to review your short and long term BIG Ideas and clear out old ideas that don’t seem big anymore.
Forward It – If action is a challenge, forward it to your virtual assistant for follow-up.
The BIG idea behind the BIG IDEA file is to move from thinking about ideas to acting on them because the true value of an idea is in the implementation – everything else is just a sticky note with scribbles.
The BIG IDEA File: The new feature column for #MOMeo Magazine is our virtual file folder that we cram all our BIG Ideas into. Tune in every Tuesday for fresh perspectives, inspiring success stories or just a random assortment of resources.