Have you ever had an idea that is so fantastic you can hardly sleep at night because you are so excited about it? I have. In fact, this happens to me all the time. You see, I am an obsessive brainstormer, and a bit of a stationery addict. I always have a pen and paper handy to brainstorm solutions to problems I have or projects I want to tackle. Even though I am teeny tiny, I LOVE thinking big.
And when a good idea hits I just want to create plans and make lists. Sure, I could record ideas in my phone or in a document on my computer, but that sucks. It’s no fun at all. I love the freedom of creating a visual plan on paper using the Incited Media Journal Process. I brainstorm ideas for my businesses, plan holidays, design projects to work on with my daughter who I homeschool, and dream up epic garden ideas. Oh, and weight-loss plans. I’m always meal planning and trying to think of ways I can get rid of some of my chub.
The Incited Media Journal Process helps my ideas to flow freely and organically, and I find it more visually appealing to see everything laid out in my journal instead of on a computer screen where everything looks uniform and boring. Other fantasmagorical benefits are:
- It’s therapeutic and calming (I suffer from anxiety every now and then, and planning and documenting helps relax me).
- Helps me think critically about problems
- Helps me feel in control
- Flexes my creative muscles- even if I think I don’t have any.
- Problem solving.
- Gets me excited. I freaking love getting excited.
The rules are, there ain’t no rules (yes, I am quoting from the movie Grease). For years I did most of my brainstorming with a blue pen and a white sheet of paper. Then I discovered mind mapping and sketchnoting, and they inspired me to get a bit fancy schmancy. These techniques use colour, lettering, sketches, boxes, borders, headings and diagrams to add life and fun to the process. I also add photos, textured paper, and anything else to make me feel inspired.
Using your journal for brainstorming, doodling and thinking big is a powerful way to learn, plan, create, goal set, and improve. Not only that, the process is therapeutic and can help you feel in control. So, grab your pencil and your notebook, and get incited.