How many great ideas go up in vapor because you didn't write it down?

Pen and paper - Practice writing down your thoughts.
@WebMann (4732)
Canada
January 19, 2007 6:18am CST
I have a terrible habit of walking into a room without a clue why I walked in there. I think that happens to most of us, but what about thoughts we have that disappear as fast. You can have an idea that could generate money but then something else pops in your head and there it was gone. Another great idea you will never remember having. Well I started carrying a pen and paper with me to catch those ideas. I even keep a pen and paper next to my bed. Some of my best ideas come just as I am nodding off.
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@shana123 (2096)
• India
19 Jan 07
yeah.. it is the same with me.., since i was bought up by and studied in a good school i was put in a right way from my childhood that whatever we absorb or if we come across a new thing,or if a new idea strikes us, we should note it down in our diary or any book!!! but then i cant say that i dint suffer but due to my laziness i lost and suffered a lot in my life!!! since from my childhood used to think something on other and i used to construct new ideas in my mind but im absent minded too ,ill forget things very soon!!! so im always asked to carry a small diary and pen ,i feel very shy to have before others but atlast i was the sufferer!now am in research field definitely atleat for my proffession sake i try o commit myself by carrying diary and pen to not let my ideas go off in air!!! in future i might invent some thing useful to this world too!!!(i hope so)
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
I like to come up with little sayings that make people remember things so I like to be able to write them down. Here is one that I made up to help my students remember to save their work on the computer: Frequently Saving Your Work, Frequently Saves You Work Thanks for your comments. Keep on writing things down.
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• Singapore
20 Jan 07
The best way is just to write it down. Or blog it down. Even if it is on a scrap piece of paper of something. I read about a Japanese system where you actually carry a thick book, and record your ideas using a numbering system, and so on. I believe all great inventors did a kind of journal for their ideas. Eg. Leonardo da Vinci.
@shana123 (2096)
• India
22 Jan 07
oh... thanks a lot for giving me such kinda advice ,i will surely keep your advices(webmann and flashnbeyond) in mind and surely will follow it in from today and throughout my life!!! i will remember you people and your advice forever and thank you once again for considering me and took pains to advice me!!! :-)
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
19 Jan 07
i have my own blog site. i don't earn from blogging but i love to just blog. and whenever i get to think of a great idea to write on my blog, after a few seconds, when i am about to sit down infront of my computer, i suddenly can't remember what to write. makes me upset most of the time. that's why even when in bed, i always have a pen and a paper with me just in case i think of something good to write. that's better that way.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Ha, I can be sitting right at my computer, go to find something on my computer as just go blank. Excuse my language but I call those Brain Farts. Thanks for your repsonse. If you feel comfortable you can PM you blog site. I am always curious what's on people's mind.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
19 Jan 07
When we get older they will call those "senior moments". I have words of wisdom and prizewinning ideas scribbled on scraps of paper all over my house. I should gather them all together and make a book. Of course that would take organizational skills, of which I have none. Wait a minute! Didn't they determine that very unorganized people are often undiscovered geniuses? lol
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Love1, I am 54 so I am not quite ready to call them senior moments but I will keep it in mind. :) I am the worst a organizing. I pile things, but I do know where everything is but if I am not in my office and my wife needs to find something she just gets frustrated. Every few months I get busy and clean it all up so I can start with smaller piles. :)
@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
20 Jan 07
I always carry a notebook and pen with me. If i'm out & about and have an idea for a design that's suddenly come into my head - I'll quickly sketch it so that I don't forget. Same thing happens to me re walking into a room. I think it's called a "senior moment" ! Only kidding lol.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Good Sunday to you FeralWoman. Well it is Sunday here as you may be in a whole different day there. I believe that most creative individuals realize how the mind can come up with awesome things just out of the blue and you need to be ready to get that idea down on paper. Good for you.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I carry paper with me when I am at Church, and take notes, I carry a notebook with me on the Bus to work, and while I am at work, in case I think of something to write, and then having one with me all of the time, might not be too bad of an idea either. Maybe I will put a notebook in my car so if I think of something to Write about I can jot it down then so I do not forget about it later.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Hello KrauseHome It certainly can't hurt keeping a note pad handy.
@abhiquest (580)
• India
20 Jan 07
I think there much more great ideas which go down the drain as they are never worked upon. And still many more are there which are never shared with others! Writing of these ideas actually leaves some scope for us and others to work on them at a later stage. I would to know about resources from where I can get to know about other ideas and even share my own.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Hi there. This is a great place to meet people that have the same desires and a great place to share ideas. Just start a discussion about it and see what happens.
@smints8985 (1595)
• United States
20 Jan 07
A lot! I basically don't get to sleep at once when I lay down in bed, that's the time I think about how my day went and a lot of things just go through my mind but sometimes when the lights are already turned off and you're already cuddled up in your blanket then you're too lazy to get up to write down your ideas, that's why there's really a lot of ideas that goes to waste cause when you wake up in the morning, you won't remember it anymore wahhh!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
You have to write that stuff down even if you are all cosy and warm .:)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Yup, I know that feeling. My mind gets to running laps around way too many things at the same time and I'm lucky if I can finish a sentence before thinking of something else. I have a notebook for ideas also. It's a good idea to have one. In fact, you may want to write that down. ;0)
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I can't find my notepad to write that down and I just know I am going to ..... Oh what was that...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I know that feelling well. I hate it to. I don't know why I forget maybe a short circuit in my brain but as you said you walk inot a room and then wonder why did I come in here? I do that. I don't have tablets carrying it around with me but I do have them in everyroom so I can write stuff down so I won't forget. I get them cheap at the begining of school year when they are .10 cents a piece and buy all I can. Yep as we are relaxing and are mind is going over the day or we are laying there thinking about things is when I think we get our most insight to things because our minds are less cluttered by other things and is relaxed. I have gotten out of bed sometimes to write stuff down or draw it so I wouldn't forget it. Drives my hubby nuts. I am thinking of taking something called Focus for brain functions to see if it will help me rememeber better.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I don't think it is a problem with our brain, it's that was get distracted so easy and anything at all makes us think of something else. :)
@cblackink (969)
• United States
20 Jan 07
OK, this is even worse. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, half asleep, and had a really good idea but you were so sleepy you couldn't get up and write it down and you fell back asleep. The next day, hours later, you recall having had some great idea but you can't remember what it was. That is like hell. And you just hope it will come back at some time.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Well you just have to force yourself to take 30 seconds and jot down a couple of words to remind you later. I have jotted stuff down in the dark. Just a word or two for later. Thanks
• United States
20 Jan 07
Anytime I think of something and I dont have a piece of paper at hand I just put it in my cellphone so that way the idea doesnt go to waste.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Excellent idea, thanks
• Malaysia
20 Jan 07
I enjoy writing bacause it make my time occupied. In writing also, I can create an innovative idea.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Just writing things down will start to generate more ideas also and then you've got a brainstorming session going on.
• United States
19 Jan 07
I have a terrible habbit of this. I have a ton of ideas that go nowwhere. Thankfully, I have good friends that listen to me mumble all the time. So I just ask them what I said to myself before and then I will remember it.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I guess that beats a pen and paper. I can toss ideas back and forth. :)
• Romania
19 Jan 07
I don't forget ideas,i have a very good memory which don't lets me down.I don't always remember large numbers as telephone numbers but thats why the mobile phone was invented.It's a good ideea to have a pencil and a notebook at you all the time because you never know when you will need it.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
It's great to have a really good memory. congrats and keep it strong. thanks
• United States
19 Jan 07
It not only happens to just you. It happens to me too. It happens to EVERYONE on the face of the Earth since the beginning of time. One thing that you can always do is carry around a small notebook and several pens. If you travel, this applies to you. Once you see something in your mind, jot it down QUICK! Ideas are like a flash of lightning that you are trying to record. One second it's there, and the next it is gone. Your notebook is your mental camera. Your pen is the shutter. Remember that, like now. Ideas = lightning. Notebook = camera. Pen/Pencil = shutter.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
That pen and paper could be worth a thousand dollar idea or a million dollar idea or just a good slogan. thanks.
• India
19 Jan 07
many a great ideas i know i have missed from the long time dur to improper diecision make by me only. If the decided ideas have been written down on the paper piece then i must have scanned it and make them a good fruit of that ideas. just take a example of the new year i make some resolution and good thing but they are in vapour now as i have missed some of these at this point of time.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Thanks for your response. What a cute picture you have. :)
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Way too many , if I have an idea while it's impossible to write ir down, lol, I actually try to assign it keywords or 'tags', that hearing a certain word later on will trigger the memory of the thought or idea.It works here, why not in the brain!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Yeah triggers are great and powerful once you learn to set them. Excellent thanks.
@superbren (856)
19 Jan 07
this sounds just like me , but i often lose the pieces of paper.or lose interest in the idea. as to remembering day to day things , i have to write everything down as nothing would get done, we have too much crammed in our heads and there just isnt enough space to fit any more in.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
That's a problem I haven't had yet. I might forget to leave the house with a notepad and pen but I don't loose them. You will have to start keeping a note in your pocket telling you where you put those other notes. :) It is totally amazing how much information is in a normal head. It just blows me a way for sure.
• United States
19 Jan 07
i am the same way. im starting think my memory is going!! haha. i have to make a list of everything i need at the store, or i will forget something every single time! same with thoughts and ideas, i need to start keeping a paper and pen close by....if i can even remember to do that!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Hello. I guess it is just a thing almost everyone does. My wife does the shopping because she goes for the bargains and I go for the best so she doesn't take me with her when there is money being spent. She has everything written down in categories based on the store she will be going in for that fastest shopping. :) Thanks
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
also had that kind of dilema wherein, a thought just pop out in my mind then ill start to dig in more but then after all been said and finalized i my mind when im about to write it i'm having hard time to put those toughts in black and white.. ending that bright idea will just be put into waste...
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Thanks for the response. Keep writing things down.
19 Jan 07
that happens to me all the time. walk into a room for something and by the time i get there i wonder why on earth i have gone into that room. so they i have to go back to the room in which i first thought of tht idea, have a look around and try find out what reminded me of it. makes me feel so stupid sometimes lol. i mean im only 18, i jst be losing my memory jst yet!!
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
I do it all the time. Actually just last night I came out of my office to tell my wife something, my son said something before I could speak and it was gone, so back into my office and just as I looked at my desk I remembered again. This time I didn't let my son get a word in first. :)