Great ideas are fleeting. That’s why it’s important to write down any and every idea that comes into your mind. You never know which one will evolve into your next big project. Even if the idea seems ridiculous or silly, write it down; something else might evolve from it.
I always carry around two things for taking notes: One is my Moleskine journal, and the other is my iPhone. I have a strong preference for physically writing things down. I feel that it helps those ideas stick.
If you are on the go your iPhone is the next best thing. Simply ask Siri to record a note for you, or open up Evernote and type it in. It really doesn’t matter what piece of technology you use to capture your thoughts, just make sure you write it down, other wise you will forget.
Our minds are only capable of remembering so many things. We have millions of things to-do, from meetings, to responding to email, to paying the bills, to strategic planning; that is why it’s imperative that you write everything down. Our days are filled with things that require our minds to work. It’s difficult to remember to run payroll, much less that great idea you had while walking from your car to a meeting.
Simply put, our minds are only capable of storing so much information. Writing down all your minds random thoughts and ideas is so important because we are bombarded with clutter – we will certainly forget.