Do you ever have the perfect idea, only to forget it moments later? You kick yourself because all you can remember is that it was phenomenal. You retrace your steps, you go through your train of thoughts, but the tracks are cold and you are left wondering what could have been.
The solution: always have a notepad with you. And a working pen.
A notepad comes in many forms—a napkin, a brightly colored orange notebook, a Palm Pilot or cell. The important thing is that you can write on it.
(On a side note, notepads like napkins and scrap paper are far from ideal for daily to do lists, as they can easily be misplaced.)
Keep a notepad by your bed, in the car, in your pocket, in your backpack. You do not need to use the same notepad for each.
Then—just as important—file it away. If you hate filing, put it in your “pile.” You know the one, where you shove things until you are forced to clean it. And then it never gets clean because you find too many interesting ideas to complete the process.
Don’t let your phenomenal ideas get away—the best ones are the shyest. If you don’t respond to them, they’ll think you aren’t their type. But if you write them down, they may stay around for a second date.
Ironically, I had the idea for this article a few nights ago and forgot it. But, following my own advice, I had written it on my scrap paper. The next day I remembered that I had a phenomenal idea, and I did know where to look for it.