I was afraid of that...
So many of us have great intentions but because we do not have good systems we end up with lackluster follow through of intentions and ideas.
A few years ago I started subscribing to a magazine that was so full of great ideas that I was terrified to throw them away. I would mark pages, dog ear ideas and then stack them; however, when the time came to find one of those great ideas again... I would have to dig through each magazine or try to remember what issue it was in. This dilemma inspired me to create my "Light bulb File", curious? Let me explain how it works and how you can set one up for yourself so you never again are victim of another lost idea.
The Light bulb File
Step One: Purchase a three ring binder that is 1" wide or larger.
Step Two: Purchase a set of tabbed dividers and label them for the different type of ideas, inspiration, clippings, etc... Anything that make your "light bulb" go off when you see it or thing of it. It is that idea that makes you say... "I would love to do this!"
For me some of my categories were: birthday party themes, games with the kids, crafts with the kids, household decor ideas, organizing ideas, etc...
Everyone's light bulb has a different trigger so everyone’s labels will be different!
Step Three: Either use a clear plastic page protectors or a three-hole punch to slip clippings and papers into the appropriate categories. Also have blank paper in each category so that you can quickly jot down ideas that you think of or mount pictures that you take for inspiration.
The light bulb file is very simplistic by design... but it's true "wattage" or power lies in the hands of the user. I love the quote that says "Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) So much truth in that statement... it is easy to have or find a great idea... the next step is doing something about it.
I challenge each of you to make an idea file... your "light bulb" file if you will... and use it not as a safe keeping place where thoughts get trapped and not released into great action... but as a springboard to take you to new places in your homes, families, and businesses!