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Idea Hoarding

Productivity gurus spout tons and tons of advice about how to get things done, crush it, just do it!!

They all have their own methods to their madness, and it works for them. They sell these ideas that productivity is a complicated process. In reality, it boils down to finding a system that works and plowing through your work.

Productivity systems tend to boil down to three steps: collecting ideas, prioritizing them, and actually doing it!

Productivity systems tend to boil down to three steps: collecting ideas, prioritizing them, and actually doing it!

The first two are a bit tough, and the third is the absolute hardest.

We’re going to focus on the first step, because everything always starts with an idea, and that’s all step one is about. Ideas.

No matter how you decide to store your ideas, it’s just important to figure out how you’re going to collect them. There are tons of options to fit everyone’s ideal work environment.


Recently paper and pen has been making a comeback via planners and bullet journals.

Digital is also an option, programs like Bear and Evernote are popular. Platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest make it easy to collect your ideas visually.

I personally use a combination of pen and paper, a pocket calendar, and a digital notebook.

I use the pen and paper to rapidly collect ideas. I use a small spiral bound notebook to quick collect ideas as they pop into my head throughout the day.

Whenever I get a few moments, or at the very least, at night,  I comb through the ideas I jotted down, and transfer them to a larger notebook. Sometimes I drop ideas at this stage.

Other ideas get a page in the larger notebook to be fleshed out later in a deep work session.  These pages become places to mind dump, journal, mind map, etc for the idea. Nothing is concrete at this stage, it’s just a place to expand on the idea.

The pocket calendar is used to plan larger projects against my personal life. For example, my nephew was born in June. I know myself. I knew I wouldn’t want to do any large projects for the time around his birth because I wanted to be available for Auntie duty, help my sister and brother-in-law out, and enjoy this amazing time.

This calendar gives me the chance to say “no” to larger projects, or be realistic with myself.

I’m not going to be redesigning my website in June.

The digital notebook I currently use is Notion. When I feel an idea is actually turning into a project, I move the respective page(s) into my Notion database.

Retyping the data from the notebook might seem tedious, it’s actually a great time to organize my thoughts on the project.

This combination of analog and digital works best for me. Here are a few resources for you to look into to find what system for collection ideas would work for you.

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