I love writing things out to think through them.
+ shopping list
+ want list
+ what I’m going to make that week for food
+ what I need to get done for work
+ my plan of attack to clean my apartment
And so on and so forth.
There’s definitely something about physically handwriting out a list, especially if I’m brainstorming something.
And then once I have brain barfed it all out I can then go in and organize the items or tasks into where they need to be stored so I can actually make it happen.
They usually get sorted either into my bullet journal, my Evernote or my latest addition, Wunderlist.
I recently decided I wanted to find a new (to me) app for creating lists, and I finally ended up downloading Wunderlist.
And I’ve switched over a whole bunch of lists into it to better organize them.
I have created folders, and some of my favorites are:
+ creating videos (checklists for before I film, while I film and after I film)
+ books to read (everything from self-help to business and fiction)
+ content ideas (for FemmeHead, for my second channel and for the blog)
The checklists for creating videos has allowed me to make sure I’m remembering to check my audio, set my ISO and everything correctly to get the best possible footage. And if I’m ever just on the struggle bus I can go to that list and be told what I need to do.
Now, the lists for books I want to read has probably been my favorite project I’ve taken on with Wunderlist. So, before I just had the book titles in a document on Evernote, but I never really used that list because it was just a bunch of titles and I could never remember what the books were about.
So, in my Wunderlist I have gone through and added the book summary under the notes tab for that item, as well as whether my local library has it. And if it does I add the call number, and if it doesn’t I add the Amazon link for that book.
Yeah, I know, amazing right?
I’ve had an ongoing content ideas list for a few years now, but I’ve taken it one step further on my Wunderlist and started brainstorming 'future' future content ideas, like beyond the upcoming month.
And by that I mean I have lists under a “Content Ideas” folder such as:
+ second channel ideas
It’s awesome to have separate categories for my content ideas, that way I can go through and say man, I really need to brainstorm cycle related topics. Plus they’re organized, duh. And now for the next five months I can go off of a base list of ideas that I’ve come up with for fall and winter.
Moral of the story is make lists, but find a way to organize them in such a way that you can actually use all that awesome brainstorming power for good.
It doesn’t do me any good if I have all these ideas tucked in some wrinkled notebook forgotten in the bottom of my desk drawer. Nope,k I’ve taken them and put them in an easily accessible location that I won’t forget about.
What are your lists you couldn’t live without and what’s your favorite place to organize them?