Checklist your way to effective idea development

Now that you’ve learnt the importance of developing ideas with a positive mind, what’s next? Effective idea development involves more than just having a positive mind.

We shared with you how having a positive helps you recover from failures, but it doesn’t actually develop your ideas. Developing ideas involve creating plans that shows you how you can make your idea a reality.

Creating plans can make my ideas a reality?

Let us reiterate that by saying that creating plans can’t make all your ideas a reality. What it does is help you measure where you are now,  and if your ideas are an actual possibility at this moment. We create actions through these plans to help you identify the things you need to make your ideas a reality.

This leads us to the topic of this post, checklists. Since creating actions is what you need to do, what better way to manage actions than through a checklist?

Checklists can be an awesome tool to organize your plans and actions

Asking the right questions

The key to knowing what you want to achieve starts with asking the right questions. In our previous post, we shared some questions you should ask to get better clarity about you and your idea. Let us elaborate on what we’re trying to achieve with each question.

Who are you?

Knowing who you are is the first step to achieving anything. In order to thrive, you should ideally do something that you’re comfortable with. Its probably a good idea to write down what you like and dislike so you can more easily cross off ideas that doesn’t interest you. For example, if you’re dislike drawing or have no interests in art, painting and drawing comics is probably not for you.

What do you represent?

When you do something that you feel strongly about, the passion can be conveyed through your words or actions. Do you have a cause that you feel particularly strong about? What is the story you’re trying to tell? Ideas typically come from your interests or as a result of common problems you encounter. So either of this could be a good driving force to motivate you.

Who is ideal your audience?

We can safely assume that there is a targeted group of people for all your ideas. If there isn’t, its almost certain that the idea would not succeed. Even if its just for you or a couple of close friends, that is an audience group. Knowing who your ideal audience is helps you identify the outlines of your idea and your goals for that idea.

What about the idea bothers you?

Asking yourself what you hate or bothers you about the idea is not about going dark or negative. It is to allow you to better understand and reveal your true thoughts about the idea. If you think the idea is bad, creates no value, or even goes against your principles, this is the time to say it.

Why do you want to do this?

Be truthful when answering this question. This will set your motivation and purpose for the entire idea. Whether its for fame or to get rich, just list it out. This makes the question practical as you will then be able to assess if the idea can help you achieve what you want.

What are the skill-sets you need for this idea?

Do you need any special skills to make this idea a reality? Do you need to know Python script coding, building a rocket or simply riding a bicycle? List out all the skills you need to make this idea work, even the most menial ones like language or simple mathematics.

What are the skill-sets you lack?

So you made a list of all the skills you need to make your idea work. Next thing is of course crossing out all the skills you currently have. This will help you identify if you have the right skills to build on your idea, and possibly the skills you need to acquire.

Creating your action plans

Its great if you have the answers to all the questions above now, but if you don’t, don’t worry. Write down what you have to do in the form of actions plans and track it using a checklist. For example, if you not sure who your target audience is or lack the skills to set up a website, write them down like this.

  • Think about who am I trying to target with this idea.
  • Learn how to set up a website

Add a checkbox beside both these points, and you’re done. This will help you identify your next actions and step to develop your idea. Once you complete an action, put a check next to it. When your entire list of actions is checked, you’re ready to start on building your idea to make it a reality.

Working on your actions

Checking off an action involves working on it, learning new things. While most actions could be completed fairly easily as long as you spend some time on it, learning things are slightly more complicated. Learning a skill could also involve some money and time commitment, and that’s a luxury that most of us can’t afford. Especially if we have to learn a new skill for every idea we have.

So, what can you do? We recommend googling “How to <fill in the blank with your action>”. There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles, tutorials and free online course for almost every topic online. Use these free resources to give yourself a flavor of the skills you want to learn.

If its not something that interests, its still not too late to cross off that idea. If you find yourself getting fascinated about the topic you’re learning, you’ve got yourself a winner. Even if the idea ultimately doesn’t work out for you, at least you still learnt a new skill!

Final Note

We hope the tips we’ve shared across these two posts helped you to better develop ideas. As a recap, its important to have a positive mind if you want to successfully develop ideas. Checklists are also an important tool to help you organize your actions plans and plan your next steps.

If you found our tips helpful or have suggestions on how we can better improve our information, just send us a message in our contact page! Until next time!


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