When I get a new idea, it usually comes with 40 others. In fact, my ideas rush in all together or not at all. I used to worry about the “not at all” but now I appreciate the time and space to consider and execute other ideas.
While you can encourage creative ideas, you can’t predict their arrival or the timing of their unfolding. It’s best to have an idea filtration system to handle the rush.
My 4-step IFS
- Step One: Edit honestly. If an idea isn’t that hot, let it go. If you let it go and it was really good, it will be back.
- Step Two: Outline the little ones. Write a few sentences about ideas that will take less than half a day to complete and then execute.
- Step Three: Get the big ones on a list. Put them in Evernote, Workflowy or write about them in a notebook or journal. You won’t develop all of them, but the big ideas will be waiting and percolating until you are ready.
- Step Four: Prioritize by interest not timing. You may be knee-deep in a project when the idea of all ideas appears and it cannot wait. Shift gears and give it the attention it deserves, the attention you deserve. Creativity is not a linear process. Your ideas are attached to emotions and intentions that cannot be scheduled.
A great IFS prevents idea overwhelm and option paralysis. Capture your ideas to eliminate chaotic over thinking and to inspire more creativity.
If you want to explore some of your creative ideas with extra help, registration for the May session of Spark & Tinder monthly will be open through April 30th. Learn more here, and always let me know when I can be helpful.