Inspiration waits for no wo/man. It comes when you least expect it!
How often have you been sitting there idling and ‘BAAAM’ an idea hits you like a bolt of lightening! You even thought to yourself “I am a genius!” The idea was awesome; but wait, you forgot to make a note of it! Later that day or week you try and recall that idea but you can’t! Have you been ever been in that position? Total bummer! I know I have; many times!
Even in these times where we have almost every bit of technology we could want at our fingertips I still sometimes forget to utilise them all. The other challenge is that you cannot control when you might get those electrifying ideas. Often it will be at times when I don’t have access to any kind of recording instrument. It may be on the loo, in the shower, or while driving. When that happens there’s probably less I can do but still ways to capture those glorious ideas.
There are 3 very easy ways to capture those flashes and get them down somewhere you can refer to them later rather then lose them altogether!
1. The ‘High-Tech’ Way – Use any piece of technology at your disposal. These days text messages are dirt cheap or even free so you can easily send yourself a message without it costing anything. A simple few words as a reminder is enough for you to know what you were babbling on about. If it costs you, you can always just do a draft message and save it to view later. Phones are so packed with features yours may even have a voice note feature too. That way you can save your idea verbally and again come back to it later! I’ve heard many stories about people dropping their phone down the loo so my advice is to not take it in there. There are other ways!
2. The Old Fashioned Way – Good ol’ pen and paper! Even nowadays I still do keep a notepad and pen in my bag so that I can scribble notes down very quickly. Whether or not I can read my handwriting afterwards is another matter altogether! It’s a good idea to keep them with you and just have them to hand if you ever need to scribe. I actually keep two with me. A larger notepad for my main notes and a small pad that could fit into my pocket for tiny scribbles.
3. Improve Your Memory – You can always train your memory so that you never forget anything again! Although my memory is generally quite good I find that I will always forget things no matter how hard I try to remember them. Whenever I tell myself that I have to remember something for later I inevitably forget and always remember the things I don’t need to remember.
Whatever happens though don’t let those flashes of inspiration go to waste! Take the extra time to note them down, even if it means pulling over the car so you can write it down; just do it!