1.11 Capture and Bottle Them
Productivity hack no.11 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.
Ever had a brilliant idea or a fleeting thought and said to yourself I must remember that later? It is genius. It’s going to form the basis of your new product idea, or it’ll help make the daily work updates more easily automated, or maybe it’ll be the start of a premise for the new book you’re itching to write.
But do you remember them all? I know I don’t. If I had £1 for every time I’d had a flash of what I thought was brilliance, only to forget it, I’d be a bit better off than I am today. The reason I wouldn’t be a Millionaire is because I’m not brilliant enough to have loads of amazing ideas. But when I do have them I really regret not being able to recall what I wanted to do.
Once you’re in the habit of writing, writing, and writing everything down (1.1) you will easily be able to jot down these ideas as they come to you.
I recall watching a programme about Michael McIntyre who in 2012 was the highest grossing comedian in the world. He’s a naturally funny man but he doesn’t just stand on stage being funny without any preparation. He keenly observes the world around him and turns things that strike him as funny into his very animated stage show. And wherever he goes he writes stuff down, even on a napkin if he doesn’t have a notebook.
Imagine how much less material he’d have to make us laugh if he tried to remember everything and didn’t write it down.
Here’s another analogy. Think of yourself as the Big Friendly Giant, Roald Dahl’s creation from the book ‘The BFG’. He would catch dreams and put them in jars in order that he could blow them into the bedrooms of children.
Go and capture your dreams. Put them on paper. But do not attempt to blow them into bedrooms! You may get arrested.
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