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Never Lose Another Great Idea

SylviaH • October 21st, 2011 

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Have you ever had so many ideas churning around in your head that you didn’t know where to begin? Do you find that you have trouble remembering all of those great “light bulb” moments?

The good news is that you are not the only one; the bad news is that you are not the only one. The inability to preserve multiple ideas is inherently due to the makeup of the human brain (1), but it doesn’t have to stop you from documenting each and every one of your important thoughts.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to three methods you can use to record your ideas. This way, you no longer have to worry about losing those your moments of brilliance in the midst of a distraction.

Write it down.
When we write down our ideas, we give ourselves permission to validate their existence. They are no longer captives to our minds; they are liberated words on the page of potential. Keep a notebook at your bedside, in your bag, or even at your desk. You never know when your best idea will strike. And it doesn’t matter if you’re ready to develop the ideas today, tomorrow, or in one year. By writing them down, you get them out of your head and free up valuable brain space for developing the most relevant ones.

Say it.
Like putting pen to paper, speaking your ideas brings them to life—maybe not right away, maybe not tomorrow, but sometime in the future when you deem necessary. Keep a portable recorder with you whenever possible (or use one of the applications available for your Smartphone) and record your ideas on the fly. Again, this method creates some breathing room in your mind, and you can always revisit your ideas at a later time.

Share it.
Inevitably, there will be times when a group project forces you to collaborate with others. Whether this occurs in your professional or personal life, take advantage of these opportunities to grow. By sharing your ideas and perspectives with others, and hearing theirs in return, you could just find yourself involved in the next great product, service, advertisement, or concept. And in the meantime, all those wonderful ideas will be out in the open for everyone to improve upon.

By using these three methods of writing, speaking and sharing your ideas, you avoid losing potential “next best things” and start to make room for realizing what the most important ideas are right now.

eBook_cover_file - HeyThatsMyIdea_3dFor more information on organizing, developing, and selling your ideas in an intelligent, methodical way, check out Sylvia Henderson’s book, Hey, That’s My Idea!, online at

(1) Note: Search, using your favorite search engine or tool, the terms “research on too much information” for a multitude of studies—both scientific and social.