Many of us think our creative thoughts are easily retrievable – but this is not always true. It is so easy to get distracted and forget an amazing idea, blog post or business strategy. How can you stop yourself from losing out on a great creative thought?
A dear friend of mine has always said: “Write that down!” This simple practice has helped me target my priorities and keep my creative momentum going, even in the middle of a grand project. How do you make sure your best and most interesting ideas aren’t lost?
We all have the ability to be creative – it’s not like a trade you have to learn or something you need a degree for. Creative ideas are already inside us, ready and willing to be expressed.
The problem isn’t coming up with ideas, but saving the ones we can’t act on immediately so we can use them later. Did you ever put your keys someplace so you would “be sure to remember where they are” and then not be able to find them the next day? The same goes for ideas – even if you think you will remember, chances are you won’t.
The practice of creativity is not a matter of forcing out ideas, but of removing the blockages to restore our creative flow. When we are in the flow, no matter where we are or what we are doing, it is critical that we write it down.
Here are three simple ways I have used to capture my ideas so I don’t lose them. Try one or all of them yourself.
Use Notepad on iPhone or iPad – or find a similar app to use on a device that is with you all the time.
Try Voice Memo- I love technology and this is such a great way to capture an idea, especially if you are driving. Just do not forget it it is in your device. I always email it to myself so it is right in front of me later!
Take time in the morning and in the evening to sit with a journal and allow your mind to explore your thoughts. Start free writing, and prime the pump so your creativity can flow.
Just remember, everything you have to say is unique to you. The information coming out of you cannot be duplicated. The world is waiting for the birth of your creative ideas, so “Write it down!”
I would love to hear from you. Tell me about your latest creative idea. What have you done about it?
Capture your genius…
Just for the health of it!