I sometimes have a hard time getting going in my brainstorming or keeping organized as I storm about. I wonder if the technique of mind mapping might help. I just came across a wonderful new (and free!) program from an author in Austria which feels, at first glance, like a wonderfully natural and enjoyable tool for clearing out the cobwebs and sketching the whole of an idea. Take a look at MindNode, I think it can help anyone from gradeschool to graduate school to real world think out an idea. The interface is simplicity itself.