Keeping It Together

A piece about how and where my ideas flow.

What the heck is going on? I am busy and I couldn’t be happier. What usually happens is quite the opposite. I am busy and I fall apart.

It has been known to those who have known me for many years, I love to stay busy. I always have multiple things going on at once, but this time, I am actually handling it – like a boss.

Now, my therapist says I stay busy to avoid dealing with some of my issues.

Perhaps, but my issues are ongoing and projects help me deal with the issues. Sort of ironic, I guess.

I am excited to stay busy.

Now, in order to keep busy and to not lose my sanity in the process, I keep as organized as possible.

Here’s how.

The first 4 photos are from my ever growing spreadsheet in Excel. I love all the pages I keep – each labeled for a new idea. It’s like a big binder I can carry with me. I keep track of all my blog and article posts, where they went, and the progress of each. I keep track of my book ideas, podcasts, and any new venture. I just check it off as I go.

The last pictures are if my to-do lists. I have it all organized by groups and then broke down into lists.

I use Microsoft and have an android phone. I have linked my computer and phone and back up all my work to my One Drive account. So if I decided to work on my computer right after I have worked on my phone, it is all saved. I never miss a beat or have to go back and enter the same information twice. It is so sweet.

Where I keep all the blog posts I write.
Where I keep all my book ideas.
This years gratitude and 10 minute ideas.
My podcast ideas.

However, I love notebooks, stickers, and the option of physical organization. For this, I have my binder for all my book ideas, index cards, and a plethora of notebooks. Here are my index cards.

My Novel in index card form.

They are color-coded, complete with a synopsis, and chapter details.

Here, is where I keep all my novel info.

My humongous binder

It seems like a lot to keep track of, but there’s a system to my madness, and it helps keep my sane.

How do you keep your ideas organized? Let me know in the comments. Maybe we can share ideas?

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