Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Time Is Write

"The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory." - Confucius

How many times has this thought occurred to you? "This idea is so good, there is no way I will forget it", only to find mere moments later it has vanished, never to return. It is not only frustrating, it may also hinder your ultimate success.

Get in the habit of writing things down. Put paper and pen within easy access. Where you work, by your bed, in the bathroom, on your desk. When an idea strikes get it written down quickly. If you do not have the idea fully developed, that's okay, you can elaborate later. Keep writing without taking the time to edit. After you have the idea written down, then you can take the time to polish it as needed.

There are, of course, times when writing something down may not be possible. What then? Here are a few techniques that could help:

1) Repeat it to yourself at frequent intervals.

2) Politely ask someone else to help you remember.

3) Leave a message on your answering machine.

4) Make it into a little tune or simple rhyme.

5) Visualize the idea to cement it in your mind.

Use any of these techniques, but make sure you still write down the idea as soon as you can.

It is true that some of your ideas may never come to fruition. Still, it is better to write down ideas you will not use than it is to need ideas you have not written down.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger Jim said...

An excellent post. Thanks. Reminds me a little bit of the movie "Memento," where a man, suffering from short-term memory loss, used notes, tattoos and photographs to remember his past.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Nice post! I always try to have a little notebook, or at the very least a ragged scrap of paper and pen, on my person at all times. But my notes always look like a maniac did them--scrawling all over the place sideways, in the margins, etc. I think they're incomprehensible to anyone but me- and sometimes even to me.

However, I do find that it's a little easier to do without the notes than it used to be; sometimes things percolate in your subconscious until they're ready to come out. However, I do feel more secure if I scrawl something down, even if I don't have to refer to it later, it's good to know it's there. And thank goodness for the internet and computers--kills a lot fewer trees.


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