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Organize your thoughts

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Never miss out on a good idea because you couldn’t capture your “eureka” moment. Use these tips for capturing thoughts:

  1. Always have a capture device. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, pocket notebook or scraps of paper, always have something with you that you can use to write down and save your ideas and notes. Note cards work well for that; write one idea on each card, and then stack the cards in order of priority.
  2. Put whiteboards on your walls. Affix small whiteboards in places you frequent regularly, especially if you work out of a home office. Keep dry-erase markers handy nearby. Use the whiteboards to jot to-do lists and ideas.
  3. Get rid of unnecessary stuff. Note cards, reminders, sticky notes and calendar entries that stay in a perpetual “someday” pile serve only to distract you from organizing your priorities and critical tasks.

Eliminate that mental clutter by getting rid of the “someday” pile.

— Adapted from “5 Killer Ways to Open Up Your Next Presentation,” the editors of The Big Fish Blog, bigfishpresentations.com.

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