October 19, 2018 10:34 am

As many inventors know, coming up with an invention idea is the first step in what can be a long and difficult process. Moving forward with an invention idea requires hard work and dedication, but it also comes with the responsibility of maintaining strong organization and time-management skills.

For some inventors, organization and time-management does not always come easily. A creative mind can often mean a messy work space and a disorderly schedule. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks to staying organized and managing time effectively.

Prioritize the Needs for Your Invention Idea

When it comes to your invention’s development, there are a variety of steps you could take to make it come to light. In order to stay organized and use your time wisely, decide what steps need to come first.

Although it can be difficult, it is important to realize your invention idea’s specific needs. Those needs may include creating a prototype, which first requires a drawing, making a CAD drawing, and eventually a rough prototype. Other steps may include exhibiting at a trade show, or looking for a manufacturer, but it is crucial to prioritize the order in which they come. For example, you wouldn’t want to put exhibiting at a trade show at the top of your list without first considering things like making a prototype or seeking advice from a patent attorney.

Keep an Inventor’s Notebook

Once you’ve realized you have an invention idea, it may be time to start keeping track of the process. This is why it is crucial to keep your very own inventor’s notebook. An inventor’s notebook is a confidential place to keep your thoughts, document your progress, and remain organized. Even the most famous and influential inventors, such as Thomas Edison, found it important to keep an inventor’s notebook.

So, what should you keep in your notebook? For starters, it is important to document your progress, whether that means receiving a patent or building your first prototype model. It is also important to use your notebook to jot down any ideas that come to your mind. This way, you won’t forget them later on down the road. No matter what you decide to keep in your notebook, be sure to keep it nice and neat in order to ensure complete organization.

Create a Plan

No matter your invention, creating a plan of action can be a great idea. Creating a plan allows you to focus on your goals, and decide how exactly you are going to achieve them. Planning also gives you the opportunity to see your dreams as an achievable goal. When it comes to your invention, short-term and long-term planning can both be effective.

How do you choose between short-term and long-term planning? The truth is, you may not have to choose. Both types of planning can be used for your invention idea. For example, your short-term plan may be to seek information from InventHelp. This can be easily achieved by making a phone call. As for long-term goals, maybe you decide you want to have your invention manufactured. In this case, you must first plan how you will get there. Will you need a prototype, patent attorney, or a company to get your idea in front of? These are all things to consider when developing a long-term plan.

 Maintain a Filing System

As an inventor, you may be receiving plenty of paperwork both electronically and physically. This is why it is important to build a system for filing important documents prior to beginning your journey. By taking the time to decide how you will file your documents, you are setting yourself up to maintain organization and save yourself the time and stress of searching for lost information.

A great way to file physical documents is a good old fashioned filing cabinet. Filing folders are affordable, and can be placed in the cabinet in order to separate your papers by category. As for electronic documents, you will want to place your information in a safe folder in your computer. For added safety, be sure to print your documents and file them in your cabinet. 

You’ve figured out your needs, bought your notebook, created a plan, and developed a filing system. Although these are all great tips for maintaining organization and time-management, it can still be a difficult journey to bring your idea to life. Remember, every inventor and idea is different, so don’t be afraid to mix things up depending on what works best for you.

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