Is it right thought to start with...!!!!
It's simply a way to flush out all of your ideas, and when you have such tight deadlines, that's the best way to help find the right direction for a project. Because, once you have an idea you're excited about on paper, you'll be even more excited to bring it to life on the computer.
On your next project, consider starting on paper!
You can still look at your computer for inspiration. But rather than mimicking ideas there, translate what you like and put it on paper, so when you take those ideas from paper and execute them they'll be your own.
Now get out there and start sketching your ideas!