Do you sometimes feel you are developing a great idea and your vision about it is crystal clear, but you struggle in concretizing it on paper? If you feel that way sometimes, you are not alone!
Some ideas or projects are more difficult to develop than others, because they require different skills or methods. The good news is that you can learn and get better at kickstarting your ideas!
An idea can be writing an article or a blog post, creating a community group, developing a personal lifestyle plan, organizing an event for family or friends, developing a venture, etc. It can be anything whether it requires small or big actions.
However, an idea will never be more than a concept if it is not supported by a framework and clear actions to bring it to reality.
Are you wondering how? The answer is this step-by-step guide I put together to help you get started in developing your ideas into real accomplishments, and some practice. This is what work for me, but this basic guide can help you get started and practice. Over time, you might decide to modify it to suit you better, and I hope you do!
Let’s look at this guide and examples for each step.
Write down your idea
You might have several ideas at the same time, but try to work on one at a time. It will help ensure you are not feeling overwhelmed and confused. What is your idea? What are the keywords you are thinking of? What do you see when you think about your idea?
I want to write an article about the benefits of physical activity to share on my blog, social media channels and possibly on some websites.
Purpose: Share my thoughts and knowledge about leading a healthy lifestyle.
I want to organize a family and friends gathering this summer.
Purpose: Spend quality time together and have fun.
Now that you have written down your idea and your purpose/goal, you can move onto the second step.
Develop your idea’s details
This step is where I start developing a basic to do list to bring my idea into reality. What do you need to do? What do you need to figure out? Is it feasible? Is there a deadline?
Topics to cover in the article:
- Why is physical activity good for you (statistics, references)
- How does it help me personally and professionally
- How to kickstart an active lifestyle, where and how
- Find images / photos to accompany the article
- Publish in a week from now
- Share on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and find a couple of physical activity blogs that would accept to publish my article
To figure out:
- A date that works for everyone (send an e-mail or e-invitation)
- A location (pool, lake nearby or camping or my house)
- A theme
- Pot luck or BBQ or both?
- Afternoon and evening or only afternoon?
- Will there be people out of town?
At this point, you can see that your idea is starting to become more concrete. The simple fact to write things down make things a lot easier, because you can see your idea progressing into something real.
Whether your idea needs extensive research or not, you likely will need to find out information to be able to set a clear framework or actions. It is a part of answering some questions you had in step 2. Research can be done in different ways, including online, by phone call or e-mail or even visit a local business or appropriate people of interest.
Write down what you need to find out, and do the research for each bullet point.
I need to research for this:
- Statistics and solid references (online)
- How to kickstart an active lifestyle, where and how (online)
- Find images and photos for free (online)
- Find and contact couple of blogs that would be willing to publish my article (online, call and/or e-mail)
- Send an e-mail or e-invitation to find out a date
- Choose couple of locations that I think would work best
- Ask friends and family to contribute on theme and food ideas
- Are there hotels or B&B (availability) nearby for people out of town if I don’t have enough space?
Set a plan or an outline
This is usually where you are able to develop a clear plan or outline that will define specific actions to accomplish, in order to make your idea happen…for real!
Outline of my article:
- Introduction on physical activity and its benefits (statistics and references)
- Personal story
- 3 key points on how it helps me personally and professionally (Wellbeing; sharing common interests with partner and friends; improved social life; better productivity)
- 3 quick steps on how to kickstart an active lifestyle (plan your goals; where can you workout for free or low cost in your area; how to start - walk, run, home workouts, workout plans
- Send formal invitation by e-mail or e-invitation to get a number of people
- Ensure I have everything at home to host (tables, paper plates, cutlery, theme decorations, games, etc.)
- Share pot luck menu with people and ask them to make one or two items on the list
- Grocery list
Now, it is the time to accomplish the actions you have set in step 4!
- Write a draft
- Review it
- Have it reviewed by someone else
- Publish and share
- Make food items
- Prepare the house
- Receive people and enjoy!
Does this step-by-step guide help you? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!