Blog inspiration can strike at any time. Something as simple as a product ad, a conversation, architecture or even a trip to the grocery store could be the spark that gets your synapses firing enough to generate a new post. But sometimes, by the time you get home or settled enough to sit down and write, your thoughts have escaped you.
The challenge is in making sure you record your ideas immediately. You never know what might be the next great viral post! Inspired by our own network of Merchants as well as tools that we use on a daily basis, here are some solutions to help you record your ideas “in the moment”.
For the most part, there seem to be two different tactics to quickly recording ideas. Some prefer the pen & paper method while others turn to tools or apps on their phone. Find out what will work best for you!
Pen & Paper
There is just something about physically writing down your ideas! Many find that they are more likely to remember something by writing it. ReWrite notebooks are perfect because they are sold for a cheap, bulk prices and are lightweight to carry around. They are recycled, eco-friendly, and come in a variety of paper types. I recommend starting with three and keep one in your bedroom, one in your vehicle, and one somewhere else in the house – ready when your best ideas hit!
A fantastic ShareASale Merchant for productivity, BestSelf Co., has the products you need to capture your best ideas, and has the perfect planning products to aid in your blogging organization.
From notebooks, to wall calendars, to even their “breathe” band to remind you not to get stressed out, BestSelf Co. is the company to keep on hand to seize all your thoughts!
There are many brands out there who specialize in capturing your thoughts and ideas and making sure you have them saved for any kind of future reference. The best thing about using your phone is that your ideas will always be with you and many of these apps can integrate with your computer – how convenient is that!
Evernote is a cross-platform app that allows users to create a “note” which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note.
It is robust enough that you can add files to the note, or even create notebooks online. It’s a great program simply because you could have an idea strike anytime, and with its compatibility with computers and cell phones, you won’t ever forget your thoughts.
Rethink project management with Nutcache. This tool is best used for team collaboration. It is cloud-based and help to not only match ideas together, but also team employees up, organize, track, and deliver more effectively. If you are looking for a tool to not only capture ideas, but also to track the project’s entire process, then this is the solution for you!
OneNote is used for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.
Users can enter typed text via keyboard, create tables, and insert pictures. Also, users do not need to explicitly save their work – OneNote saves data automatically as the user works.**Text credit to Wikipedia.com