Inspiration Can Be Fleeting.
Do These 5 Things When Content Inspiration Hits
Inspiration can strike at any time, and when it does, you need to be ready.
But, what do you actually need to do to ensure that you get the most out of your content inspiration? Only a few things actually, and most of them are pretty self-explanatory.
Get busy cranking out killer content by knocking out these # things to do when content inspiration strikes:
1. Write It Down
This may be a little bit of a “duh” moment, but you’d be surprised at how many amazing ideas you pass up simply because you neglect to write it down. I’ll be honest, I have and now I keep a pad of paper next to my bed at all times.
I <3 my bedside journal, and you will too.
Begin by writing down every single idea you have, big or small. That way you can not only remember it, but you can also cross-reference your content ideas when it comes time to…
2. Google It
So, you’ve had an epiphany.
Now, take the next step and check your work. Because you took the first step in writing it down, you can easily plug it into Google in the morning to find out if you’re the first one to have thought of it, or if your idea is pretty generic.
Remember, that just because you aren’t the first to have the idea doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea. Think about different ways to approach the subject differently to achieve a different result with the same basic goal.
3. Sleep On It
No matter how simple or complex your idea is, it is always a good idea to sleep on it.
Sure, it seems like a good content idea now, but it may not sound so smart in the morning.
So, always try to get a solid 8 hours after your content inspiration hits to ensure that you get the best end of the deal.
4. Bounce It Off Your Friends
After you’ve let your idea simmer, start bouncing it off your nearest and dearest friends, co-workers, influencers, and network buddies.
Start with your closest friends to make sure that you don’t sound like a raving lunatic when you approach influencers and networkers. If your idea still has steam, bring it to your next networking meet!
Remember to always tread lightly. Networking meetings are always a touchy subject and you’re best off offering something that can help your networkees versus selling something.
5. Get to Work
If you’ve done the work and knocked the previous four steps out of the park, now is the time to get down and dirty.
No matter how large or small your content inspiration is, you should always start from the beginning and do it right rather than doing it quickly. You’ve taken the time to make sure it’s a good idea, why wouldn’t you take the time to do it justice?
Take your time and lay out your project in clearly defined steps from beginning to end, and attack each of those steps with a clear head.
So, next time content inspiration strikes, make sure to follow these steps to get the most out of your idea no matter what it is. Do you have a great tip to add to this list? Let me know!