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Here’s Why You Should Maintain An Inspiration Book

How do things happen?  How do people create?  What does it take to do something of significance?  What does it take to have an impact?  How can you leave a legacy?  No matter what you want to do, here is where it all starts according to Napoleon Hill:

“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” 

Simple as that.  At the core of any action is the first thought of it.  During the initial stages, an idea seems unreal, but once steps are taken, ideas become attainable and probable.

We have thousands of ideas each day, most of which we forget or choose not to do anything about.  And we will never know if our lost ideas could have been the ones to make a difference in the world.  Maybe your idea could have led to the invention of an innovative product or it may have saved the lives of others.  We will never know if we choose to not act.

But in an attempt to optimize our mental ability, keep us conscious of our creativity and even humor ourselves, inspiration books come in handy.  By definition, an inspiration book helps with the mental stimulation needed to feel ready to do something.  For each person, that something will be different.  And each person’s inspiration book will also vary but here are some of the commonalities of an inspiration book:

Documentation.  Having something jotted down in your inspiration journal brings it that much closer to reality because if it isn’t documented, it doesn’t exist.  The great thing about an inspiration book is that you’re able to translate the idea in your head through any representation you see fit such as pictures, words, symbols, etc.  It is completely up to you since it belongs to you and you understand the meaning.

Centralizes your idea generation process.  Instead of having the remaining ideas that you remember in your head, others on various pieces of paper or on anything else that may have served as paper when that eureka moment struck, an inspiration book helps you keep them all in one place.  So with time, you’ll have a very personal and valuable book with all your intellectual property.

Facilitates determining action steps.  Once you have your ideas noted, it becomes easier to plan the next steps.  What do you need to do to make them happen?  Who do you need to reach out to for help?  Which actions are of the highest priority?  You can expand on your ideas in your book and document your overall objective and strategy.  It is also flexible enough to allow you to revise as needed.

Accountability.  Once you have your idea in your notebook, it makes it harder for you to deny it or resort to excuses for not taking action.  It may not be written in stone, but consider it being written in pen having the same effect!  Follow through!

Serves as a benchmark.  As you progress with the steps to carry out your idea, it is always helpful to step away from the details and take a look at the big picture.  You can look back at your inspiration book to see how you’re doing and if your actions are still in line with your initial plan.  And with your additional perspective, you may even get a new idea!

What do you do with your ideas?  Do you keep track of them?  Do you already have an inspiration book or something similar?



5 Benefits Of Your To-Do List

TheAfter5Edge - 5 Benefits Of Your To-Do ListLife is hectic!   Things to do.  Places to go.  Things to remember.  Deadlines to meet. Appointments to make.  With all of these things to think about simultaneously, you will certainly feel overwhelmed at times.

But you can take ownership of the situation and manage it appropriately so that you alleviate your stress. A great way to do this is to add order to your life by creating to-do lists.  To-do lists can be used to document the tasks you have to complete in a particular, day, week, year, etc.  They can be detailed or concise; but the important thing is that your to-do list has enough information to keep you in check and on track!

Here are five ways in which to-do lists can benefit you!

Creates order. If your life is ruled by the law of entropy, then a to-do list may very well be a need.  Think of what you have to do, create your list, clear all the items on it, and find yourself with zero tasks left!  This is systematic enough to get you from point A to B in a focused and reliable manner while increasing your productivity and efficiency.

Helps you prioritize. Yes, you have a lot do, but some are certainly more important and time-sensitive than others.  You can organize your to-do list in order of priority or you can create your to-do list and then number the items in order of importance.  Either way, your to-do list allows you that big picture perspective while allowing you to see the details.

Relieves stress. Although you may have 20 items on your to-do list, not all 20 items are of the utmost importance.  Once you identify the items of importance, you can stop focusing on the number of items you have to complete which, in itself, can be overwhelming.  It is definitely a relief to know that some items can be addressed later.

Creates accountability. Your intent is useless if you are not holding yourself accountable and taking action.  A to-do list helps with this because there is no denying what you wrote on it.  In essence, you give your task life and it exists as something to be addressed if it is on your to-do list.  No excuses.

CHECK!! It feels great to cross things off your list!  This is an undeniable truth!  Not only do you have one less item to worry about, but you feel accomplished!  And that’s a great and motivating feeling!

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