Do you ever find that your best ideas come when you’re in bed or in the shower, but when you go to do the work, your mind draws a complete blank? I’m a super forgetful person, so this happens to me all the time if I don’t collect ideas in one place. Trusting myself to remember ideas for later is a bad idea. And I have a feeling it doesn’t always work out for you either.. So I had to figure out a much better way, where my ideas are easily accessible at all times.
Pinterest and Instagram are both fun spaces, but they collect images only. If you’re intending to create something visual, you don’t want to end up copying someone else’s work. Immerse yourself in images that you love, but put them away when it comes time to work. Otherwise, you risk copying the styles that you see. Instead, you should collect ideas in the form of words. Keep it simple, and start with a blank canvas.
When you come across an awesome quotation, or all of a sudden just have this amazing idea.. What do you do?
My secret is that I use Google Keep, Google’s notekeeping app.
I have always used Google Keep to write down those random thoughts that I have. But lately, all things Simply Steph Ko have taken over. All my other silly thoughts have been hidden near the bottom. Keep is awesome because I can write notes on either my computer or my phone, and they will sync up so my thoughts never get lost.
I am a semi-organized person. Translation: there is a method to my madness, but to an outside eye, it just looks like madness. For example, my desk is covered with piles of paper. Each pile is organized, and I know that each pile means something, I promise! But if you walked by, you’d just think “wow that girl is messy”. Same goes for my Google Keep. The notes are moveable, so you can drag and drop them into whatever order you’d like — and I like this freedom to move my thoughts around. It kind of looks like a mess. But there are labels!! These labels are my saving grace.
I keep my notes organized by separating quotations by author, and I label each note under “Quotations”. This way, I can just search that label when I’m looking for inspiration. I also keep them in the form of checklists, so I can check off the quote when I’m done. And who doesn’t love the feeling of checking off a check box?
This is what works for me. I use Keep, and love Keep. Keep is minimal, and I love all things simple and minimal. But you can use Evernote, or another notes app, or even just a physical notebook. The idea is to keep them all in *one place*, so you know where to look when it comes time to create.
How do you collect ideas?
Let me know in a comment below.
Lots of love,