A Peek into How I Manage All My Creative Projects and Ideas

May 11, 2016

A question I often get goes something like:

“I have too many ideas! I get so overwhelmed and disorganized. Then I get so discouraged and quit!”

What if having too many ideas was not the issue? What if the issue was how you think about having so many ideas? And what if the way to a new story comes via honoring and organizing your ideas so they feel taken care of?

What if the issue is not your wealth of ideas but rather creating a system to honor those ideas? (Click to Tweet)

(I know – I just said system. For those of us who detest that word, let’s all take a deep breath.)

For years I rebelled against systems – “I’m creative, I don’t like systems!” perhaps with a little hair toss and “I’m dyslexic; I can’t work a system.”

When I wasn’t rebelling, I’d adopt the system du jour and then give up after a week – or less. Then hang my head.

I thought there was no hope, no way to be a productive, peaceful creative.

But s-l-o-w-l-y, oh so s-l-o-w-l-y, I crafted the approach I share in the video below. I show you how I use my system. It’s 17 minutes long (gasp, that’s like a lifetime in internet years) but if you want to go deep into what I do and why it works for me – the why is essential for you to develop or fine-tune your own system – give me 17 minutes.

I talk about:

  • How a good system undergirds your creative self-esteem
  • How your system has to work with your kind of mind
  • What hasn’t worked for me
  • How each part works with the others
  • Offer a few questions so you can adopt what might fit you

The tools I use are:

Todoist (free version)
Evernote (premium)
Google Drive (free)
Book Darts
The Oasis

I hope this video brings ideas and insights to support your own creative brilliance. Your ideas matter and deserve to be supported!



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