How Not to Lose Your Ideas

There are times when ideas suddenly come to my mind. It doesn’t have to be in a certain time or occasion. I can be walking to the campus, lying in the bed, cooking, or whatever. The ideas just come. And many times, the ideas just come once. It means that if I forget the ideas then it will be very hard to get them back. So I’ve learned not to lose any single idea, and the rule for that is very simple:

Write them as soon as possible

When idea strike, usually I just stop whatever I am doing and write the ideas down first. Writing the ideas as soon as possible is very important, otherwise the ideas would have gone in matter of minutes. And as I’ve said above, it will be very hard to get them back.

Since ideas can come anytime, I have the habit of bringing a piece of paper and a pen with me wherever I go. It doesn’t have to be a pocket book or index card, just a simple piece of paper. Whenever ideas strike, I would quickly take the paper out of my pocket and write them down. Later when I go home I would transfer the idea to my idea journal in the computer. It works for me, and I believe it will also work for you. Of course, the detail of how you do it is up to you. Just don’t let the ideas gone.