As promised, I’m uploading my Idea Capture Spreadsheet. As the spreadsheet title indicates, I use it to capture my ideas so I won’t forget them. On my personal copy of the spreadsheet, I’ve listed all of my websites and ebook titles. I’ve also inserted hyperlinks to the specific websites and documents. It makes it easier for me to find what I want when I want it.
I’m sharing this file but there are a few caveats. First of all, it isn’t pretty nor is it complete. I needed something simple to organize and capture my ideas and thus it was created. Just like the income tracking spreadsheet, the ICS may or may not work well for you. Feel free to change, fix or modify it to suit your needs.
- I like efficiency, so I try to insert hyperlinks to the various websites and files I’m working with. If you’re not real comfortable using Excel, you should spend a little time learning how to insert hypertext links. Doing so will save you time.
- I did not color code anything because I retired my color printer. I use a black and white laser jet so I use patterns and shades of gray to graphically accent my deadlines.
- This chart contains 11 months only. I created it at the end of January and saw no reason to include the first month of the year. Besides, the first month of this year was dedicated to behind-the-scenes work and I didn’t get to do much writing.
- The ICS is a tool that should make it easier for you to capture ideas. If it doesn’t, delete it and create something that works well for you. If you come up with something better that will help the NJFM community, please feel free to share.
On my copy of the spreadsheet I list specific and detailed goals of what I want to accomplish. I also insert the dates for when I’d like to achieve them. No blue print is complete without inspirational quotes and sayings. I sprinkle them here and there as I come across ones that resonate with me. They help me along the way when I run into rough spots or unexpected obstacles.
The Idea Capture Spreadsheet is meant to be flexible. Each month review, evaluate and tweak it as necessary. I hope the ICS spurs you on to create a workable schedule to help you accomplish your goals this year.