I’ve always liked Steno Pads for writing notes. I’m not sure exactly what it is but the smallish size, spiral bound top edge, and center column are all nice touches.
I work on a lot of business ideas. Most of them have been flops. Lately I’ve been trying to flesh out the ideas a little better before I waste a lot of time building something. I’ve adapted a few suggestions from other note taking forms, planner pages, and feedback to a format I currently like for working out ideas on a Steno Pad. Here’s the format that’s been working for me.
Here are the sections of the idea worksheet.
- Idea Summary
- Problem / Pain
- Purpose / Vision
- Customer Profile
- Existing Solutions
- What Now
The What Now section probably needs some extra explaining. This comes from a comment I read on hacker news that I thought was enlightening.
Pretend that you just finished your idea and it is now a product on your screen. It’s beautiful and has all the awesome features and really works well. What now?
So, in the What Now section you should answer that question.