idea toothpaste is killing me
August 16, 2011 5:30 AM Subscribe
What are your tricks for getting your ideas out of your head and down onto paper or the screen?
posted by canine epigram to Work & Money (9 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Whether drafting reports, sketchs, diagrams, the hardest part of any project for me seems to be the transition between ideas in head to ideas on paper/screen.
I have a tendency to get wrapped around the axle of details, struggle with perfectionism, and it seems to take more effort (and time) than it should to get ideas out of my head and onto the screen (or paper).
I'm familiar with the concept of the just-start-typing first draft, which works really well -- as long as I can get the internal editor and voice to shut up. I've used voice recognition software - sometimes speaking is somehow easier than typing. Once I have something to work with, I'm fine, it's just that first step. But it's a big first step, and I need to work this out to be faster and avoid procrastinating because I'm stuck. So help me, hive-mind!
The ideas are in there - it just seems like I have difficulty making that jump from ideas swimming in my head to putting them down.