At a conference this weekend, I was reminded by a number of people just how important it is to get your thoughts down–be it on paper or digitally.
Thoughts can be fragile and ephemeral. If you wake up with an inspiring thought, record it before it disappears in the morning’s rush.
To record these thoughts, people have approaches from keeping a small pad by the bedside and a pen to using an audio recorder or a computer.
Why record your thoughts?
- Because you might find something of value in the thoughts your brain developed during your sleep. I often find original ways to deal with writing issues and other questions for both my clients and my own work.
- You might find some worthwhile things to share. Perhaps in a memoir, you could provide some fascinating revelations and stories you’ve never shared with family and friends.
- Time is fleeting. By recording your thoughts, at any hour of the day or night, you could develop a new way to accomplish a task, tell your loved ones how you feel about them and the things you’ve treasured in your life, or theorize a scientific breakthrough. (No, I am not exaggerating! It is amazing what your sleeping brain processes while you are asleep.)
Although the comment that “everything that can be invented has been invented,” * was certainly proven wrong over a century ago, there are many new things to develop that can enhance our lives. So, record your ideas!
* This statement has been attributed to a number of people, especially Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US patent office in 1899. The quote has been labeled a misquote and refuses to “die” despite regular debunking. It is too delicious to forget.