Using A Notebook As The First Step In Idea Mapping


The inspiration for this blog post came to me last night. At the time, I was attending a short seminar on Kickstarting 2015 with Mark Anthony. Mark is one of the finest motivational speakers in Denmark. It was a great night. Kickstarting 2015 is one of the first things I am doing to put myself first. However, as I suspected, I left with more questions than I came with.

Luckily, I always carry a notebook around with me.  It has always been one of my favorite things to find (and maybe even purchase?) everywhere I went. My attraction to notebooks comes from the same place as my attraction to blogs: the creative potential to do anything, really.  Lately, my notebooks have transformed from having doodles inside of them that I never look at, to being the first step in my idea mapping process.

When I get home from an event like yesterday, the first thing I do is file the things from my notebooks into my filing system. I use Evernote for all my digital scribbling. But there are three files, in particular, in Evernote that I use these days. They are all spark files; idea mapping tools that I use to make ideas bigger.

First one is my business spark file.

This is for my work, where all my inspirations and other stuff end up in my to-do’s. You can read more about how to have a spark file here.

Second, I have my big writing spark file.

This is where every big question that needs answers reigns. Also, this is where all my stuff from yesterday’s workshop is going to end up, and written about in the following week.

The third file is my woo-woo spark file.

This is where I stock things on my health, spirituality, and self-development.

And in those files, I write about the ideas I get and let them linger and put them somewhere where I can take action on them when time is due.

By the way, if you want to read more about the spark file – a “system” developed by Stephen Johnson you should go here.

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