My 3rd step to close out the year: Get inspired with your creative ideas
December 29, 2014 by Eric Mack
Hopefully, you have a list somewhere of things you'd like to do someday. As I mentioned in Part 1, these might be great ideas, but the right time hasn't come along to do them.
The term for things like this is "Someday/Maybe," and this is one of my favorite lists to review for the new year. This is typically where I keep my creative, fun, outrageous ideas -- and the end of 2014 is the perfect time to read through it and see what I may want to do to wrap up this year or kick off the next.
What's a "Someday/Maybe?"
Again, this list is not:
- A black hole where things go to die (that's what your trash is for)
- Your procrastinate list
- For stuff you'll never actually do (also trash)
Someday/Maybe is your list for things you want to do, but can't or shouldn't right now.
You're not committing to do them, only to review them.
For example, my personal Someday/Maybe list includes things like:
- Build a working laser cutter
- Add a second business course to my teaching schedule
- Attend the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in New York
These are all things that I want to do, actually could do, but won't, can't, or shouldn't do now, for whatever reason.
Again, I'm not committed to do any of these, only to review them regularly for ideas and inspiration.
Your own collection of creative ideas
Hopefully, you have a similar list that you're incubating and reviewing from time to time -- because someday, maybe some of those Someday/Maybe's will become things you can and should do now.
As you kick off the new year, you might discover that it's time to bring some of those projects to life. There are few things more energizing than remembering something you wanted to do and realizing the time is now.
Go back over your Someday/Maybe list and ask yourself:
- Can I do this now?
- Should I do this now?
- Do I still want to do this?
If you can and should do it now, make it a project.
If it seemed like a good idea at some point, but no longer inspired or energizes you, throw it away!
(By the way, if you're using eProductivity, the Someday/Maybe list comes built-in. Just look on the left).
Don't have this list?
If you don't have a Someday/Maybe list, then maybe it's time to make one! As you come across objects or ideas in your world that represent things you'd like to do, but can't or shouldn't right now, add them to your Someday/Maybe list.
(or, if you really want go pedal to the metal, you can do a full-on David Allen-style processing of everything in your world -- see here for the map).
This list can live in Evernote, notes on your phone, a Word document, IBM Lotus Notes To-Do's, eProductivity, Outlook Tasks, or even paper -- ideally, somewhere easy for you to see and review.
The concept of "Someday/Maybe" was taught to me by my friend and collaborator, David Allen. David is the author of the bestselling Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and creator of the GTD methodology. David was personally involved in the testing of eProductivity, an add-on for IBM Lotus Notes that I designed to help people get more done with less stress.