I am one of those humans who seems to get awesome ideas at the worst times. Like at parties while someone is chatting about things I don’t really care about or when I see a bad ass kid having a fit at the mall. My favorite is in the shower while washing my unmentionables. I’m sorry if I just scarred your brain for life. The point is this has happened to all of us. So how can we not lose an idea.
- Carry a note pad everywhere. I carry the small ones you can get from the grocery store for less than a dollar. Sure you will look strange in this hand-held era. People may think you’re writing about them if you’re constantly looking up while writing, but you won’t lose your idea.
- If you’re like most humans you have a cell phone. I’m not normal because I don’t. Don’t laugh. I was on it too much. OK back to the topic. As soon as you can, type in your idea on the note section of your cellphone. Every cell phone has one. You can also text your idea or email it to yourself. I can’t tell you how many old blog posts I’ve written that way. You can tell too! Anyways, the great thing is all you have to do is copy and paste and then edit your idea in no time.
- Carry a recorder. Talking to yourself may look strange, but I swear it is an awesome way to document an idea. Unlike typing, where we feel compelled to stop mid-thought and correct our grammar (which is what I’m doing now. Dang it I just lost that thought. OK its back) recording yourself allows for a free flow of ideas to pour out of your brain. Recorders aren’t that expensive and if you have a cell phone, tablet or even computer most of them have recorders on them. All you have to do is use them.
- Let’s say you’re in the middle of nowhere and your cell battery is DOA. Your pen ran out of ink so you can’t use your note pad and you left your recorder home. Go old, old, old, ancient school. Rely on good old fashion memory. This where I totally fail. I have the memory of a chihuahua in heat. Have you seen one in heat? They are so excited about you know what, that suddenly food and everything else doesn’t matter. Well you get the idea. For me, when an idea comes, I get so excited about having an idea I actually forget about the idea and the poof it’s gone. So how do I deal with it? Y’all are going to laugh, but I make it into a corny song and I sing my idea over and over again until it becomes stuck in my mind. Once it becomes stuck in my mind like that evil “Happy” song I feel compelled to write it out.
Y’all may laugh, but this it is important to keep a list of your ideas. Who knows? It may cure cancer or be the next billion dollar startup. You will never know until you try. Do you have any ideas on how to avoid losing your brilliant ideas? Let us know in the comment section. Remember the only limit you have is the one you have placed on yourself. Think and be limitless.
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