(DailyProsper.com) – Great ideas are platinum! They’re the first step to any dream, business venture, innovation or creative endeavor. Yet we throw away most ideas like they’re trash — or sometimes, worse.
Something that might end up helping us achieve our dreams simply gets tossed aside, forgotten, overlooked…
The truth is that most people don’t recycle or upcycle our ideas. Instead, they simply forget about them. And a great idea (maybe even a phenomenal one) is essentially nothing without execution, which means every forgotten idea is a missed opportunity.
This easy superhabit can help you break the cycle.
Make a Record, Now!
Eureka! A great idea for a novel, art project, invention or recipe has just popped into your head. You can see it clearly. But, unfortunately, you probably won’t remember it once you get home.
Your short-term memory is very limited — so limited, in fact, that short-term memories only hang around for about 20 to 30 seconds. You can try to hang on to the memory for a little longer, but most people find they begin to fade or warp very quickly.
This is why it’s vital to write down your ideas as they come to you. Lots of creative people (authors, copywriters, artists…) know this and carry a journal or sketchbook with them so they can work, or at least jot down a general idea, when inspiration strikes. You should too!
Real-Time Apps Make It Easy
Technology has made it easier than ever before to record your ideas in real time. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the train, taking a bubble bath or in the middle of a meeting, you can keep track of your ideas with your phone or tablet and these apps:
- Note-Taking Apps – There are tons of note-taking apps out there, including Evernote, OneNote, Ulysses, Google Keep and Bear, among others. Most are free, although each has different formatting, integration and saving capabilities. Be sure to choose the one that’s best for the way you like to work.
- Audio-Recording Apps – Sometimes, it’s easier to say what’s on your mind than to write it down. This is where audio-recording apps like Easy Voice Recorder, Audio Recorder, Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder, Evernote and Voice Record Pro come in handy.
- Drawing Apps – If your ideas are visual, perhaps one of these popular drawing apps will help: Astropad Studio, Pixelmator, Autodesk Sketchbook, Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Ibis Paint X. The functionality of these apps can vary dramatically, so it might be a good idea to try a few out before deciding which one is best for you.
You might also bring a small backup notebook for those times when your device needs charging. A pencil and some paper, while antiquated, is still the easiest and most reliable method to jot down your ideas.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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