How to organize your thoughts

When writing, it is important that you can understand what you want to say. It is important that they are organized in your head to make sure that you can translate it to words properly. It’s like when you go outside of your house to get inspiration from your surroundings; you have to make sure that you already know what to look for even before going out. You have to always know what you are writing about. Knowledge of your subject is key. Try to dig deep into the problems surrounding your subject. The problems people face doing garage door repair in Wichita is different than HVAC installation in Seattle.

To organize your idea, you can consider remembering the following tips:

  1. Choose your best time – Ideally, this process is best done, twice each day, first thing in the morning and again before bedtime, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Choose the time that works best for you. Any time will work. The key is to do it consistently.

I have found that I need to my morning coffee, breakfast, and exercise first. My brain has to wake up a bit. I apparently need a caffeine kick, fuel and stress release in order to form coherent thoughts.

  1. Choose your method of logging – Any number of apps on your phone will work well to record thoughts and tasks. If you prefer, you can use the voice-recording feature. Even the basic note function works fine. An organizational program or document, such as Outlook, OneNote, or Evernote on your computer will work as well.

Though I tend to be a “techie” by nature, I still prefer to use a pen and pad for this process. Sometimes the simplest method is the most effective. Whatever tool you choose, make sure it’s quick, and readily accessible.

  1. Quickly dump everything you’re keeping in your head – And I mean everything… Not just tasks, but thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas too. Get it all out. Don’t worry about sorting them; you can do that later, just get them out of your head so that they can stop spinning around, using up precious brainpower and space.

Once you’re finished, ask yourself if you need or want to act on any of these items today.

If the answer is yes:

Add those tasks to your ongoing task or to-do list (you have one of those right?)

Cross them off or remove them.

If the answer is no:

Is it an idea? – Add it to an idea file, work notebook, or document to pursue later.

Is it really more of a question or concerns you have? – Record it in a journal or notebook to mull over at another time. (If you never go back to consider them, they probably weren’t that important.)

It’s that simple. It should take no more than 5 – 10 minutes