How do you guys store thoughts and ideas?

by deezn 26 replies
Hey, I'm just wondering how everyone stores their thoughts, ideas etc.

I tried to keep a journal. However, I get ideas all the time, insights, while driving, sitting at a friends house, wherever. So I'll end up with ideas on 15 different pieces of paper.

I also try to record voice notes into my iphone on Evernote.

When I sit down and start typing the ideas out, they'll be in a folder on my hard drive (dropboxed).

I'm all over the place. Wondering if there is a better system.

These are not always just copywriting ideas, but they will include them. These are marketing ideas, promotion ideas etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moriarty
    Personally I have a book that sits near me at most times. My ideas get scribbled down.

    Most of the time I get my inspirations from clients, so my ideas are targeted in their direction.

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  • Profile picture of the author KingOfContentMarketing
    Evernote FTW
    https://evernote.com/
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    • Profile picture of the author draede
      Originally Posted by Joe Ditzel View Post

      I second evernote
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      Originally Posted by Joe Ditzel View Post

      Evernote, hands down!
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  • Profile picture of the author deezn
    Joe, I use evernote, but like my brain it's a jumbled mess of notes. I guess I should figure out a system on how to use it.
  • Profile picture of the author KingOfContentMarketing
    I use tags a lot. It's faster and I don't have to worry about which of 7 folders something should be filed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ASCW
    Tiny notepad in my back pocket.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
    Before I bought a Samsung Note, I used a Parker Jotter and the backs of receipts that are always in my pockets.

    For capturing ideas that flash through, but are unrelated to the task at hand, I keep a sheet of 18 by 24 inch watercolor paper on the credenza next to my desk. Let's me just reach over and and jot down the random stuff.

    The big paper is also great for brainstorming.

    For a system that captures everything, check out Gay Talese. He uses a bunker.

  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Originally Posted by deeznuts View Post

    Hey, I'm just wondering how everyone stores their thoughts, ideas etc.

    I tried to keep a journal. However, I get ideas all the time, insights, while driving, sitting at a friends house, wherever. So I'll end up with ideas on 15 different pieces of paper.

    I also try to record voice notes into my iphone on Evernote.

    When I sit down and start typing the ideas out, they'll be in a folder on my hard drive (dropboxed).

    I'm all over the place. Wondering if there is a better system.

    These are not always just copywriting ideas, but they will include them. These are marketing ideas, promotion ideas etc.
    Same here

    Have not tried the voice recording thing but the rest: yep, using it and making a mess
  • Profile picture of the author wesb
    I try and keep a small note pad with me at all times even when I am driving. If an idea flash into my mind I jot it down as quickly as I can.

    When I get to the office I have what I call an idea book and I record my notes into this book. When its time to write copy or whatever I refer to my idea book.

    Not the best system but it works for me right now until I can find something better.
  • Profile picture of the author verial
    I switched from paper to Onenote. Onenote is on your computer already. (look and be surprised!)

    If you're an mac user, I have no suggestions (other than to sell your mac and buy an equally powerful PC with cash left over).
  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    I think best with a yellow legal pad or standing at a white board. Hence I have a case of legal pads and an 8' x 4' white board.

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