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Keeping track of ideas
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:33:32 AM »
Hi,

I just wanted to share my way of keeping track of the website/podcast/videocast that I do. I began http://todolisthome.com 11 months ago and there are now about 55 posts and 40 full episodes. However, 52% of the material was published in just the last 6 weeks thanks to 5 Minutes w/Jack. I've been able to do this and stay on schedule with a spreadsheet containing several worksheets such as: episode ideas, my real to do list, titles, descriptions, tags, and site specific notes for each episode. Going forward it will be expanded to incorporate site network development as well as monetization. It's proven to be real helpful and I hope you'll share your ideas for keeping track too.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 11:46:58 AM »
I use Evernote (http://www.evernote.com) to keep track of post ideas, and half-baked drafts, statistics and quotes I want to have for future reference, etc. Great tool, and free.
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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 11:58:54 AM »
I'm a big fan of Evernote as well. There are plugins for Google Chrome that work with your Evernote account to make it easy to save pages from the web to use as sources for future posts.
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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 12:33:26 PM »
I use a productivity philosophy called Getting Things Done based on the book of the same name. Many software programs such as Evernote and Remember the Milk were based on this philosophy, but I prefer to use a paper notebook and sync important info to either Google Documents or Google Calendar.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 01:18:13 PM »
You may also enjoy: https://trello.com/

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 04:36:34 PM »
I use a productivity philosophy called Getting Things Done based on the book of the same name. Many software programs such as Evernote and Remember the Milk were based on this philosophy, but I prefer to use a paper notebook and sync important info to either Google Documents or Google Calendar.

I did it that way until my workplace blocked it. :(
Now all my personal work is pen and paper. I do collaboration through Backpack from 37 signals. I use Evernote for some stuff but I can get on Backpack with any networked computer.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 03:14:07 AM »
I use ubernote.com. I like it mostly because I can email notes, or web content to my account. It has categories and tags and it's free. It also has many integration points that make it easy to add content; Firefox plugin and iGoogle dashboard and others.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 07:09:39 PM »
Thank you. Ubernote, Evernote and Backpack, good to know. The most important thing is to write it down somewhere as soon as it comes to mind or the thought never happened.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2012, 09:09:55 PM »
I use a simple app on my blackberry called 'checklists'

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012, 06:22:21 AM »
I simply open a new post, put the idea there and save as a draft.  Not the best for saving links though, have to cut and paste into a post, but I find myself using the ideas sooner this way.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 09:31:03 AM »
Since I don't have access to a computer or smart phone all the time I use the old classic notepad in my pocket, I also use one the small digital recorders for longer length ideas or questions I have.
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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2012, 01:56:52 PM »
Evernote is my notepad of choice
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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2012, 02:51:05 PM »
I keep a pad and pen by the bed to write down ideas or if I am at the computer I'll do what Heidi does and start a blog post with a working title and some notes. I have been known to write ideas on an old envelope and stick it in my pocket if I am away.

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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2012, 02:59:24 PM »
When I'm in front of my computer, I do the same thing Heidi does.. start a draft, or open up notepad and jot down some notes.  But my best friend is a spiral notebook and a pen...  and I actually have a few articles that I started on the back of a grocery store receipt, since I seem to LIVE at the grocery store..  ;)
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Re: Keeping track of ideas
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2012, 09:45:49 PM »
I liked using my Olympus voice recorder to save ideas from podcasts I listened to on my commute.  Once a week I transferred the ideas to a notepad.  Too bad it wasn't waterproof (it died after it rained in an open window  :(). 
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