I hate forgetting a great idea, because I build my life around working with ideas. My writing, my advising, and my business pursuits not only rely on my ability to be creative, but to also take those creative ideas and use them to their full potential. But that can’t happen if I can’t remember what I thought of.
Creative ideas can strike you at any time and in any place. A classic place that most people will agree on is in the shower. Another is driving/commuting to work. Also right as you’re falling asleep, ideas just seem to flow. Unfortunately, none of these places are ideal for sitting down, writing out your thoughts, and reflecting on how they can impact your work.
However, after many trials, I have started to develop systems that allow me to not only capture my creative ideas, but to also put them in context so that I can act on them later as if it were occurring in the moment.
First, I’ll share my system, but since I know it won’t work for everyone, I will include the key elements you want to make sure are part of any system you choose.