The Good Idea Fairy Met Pen and Paper

The Good Idea Fairy Met Pen and Paper

| Kahdija Imari

Sometimes I feel like I have so many ideas and so little time to execute them all  

In these moments, it’s almost as if I hardly even have the time to finishing thinking through the kinks…  

And then I feel defeated…  

And soon after, deflated…  

All because I can’t remember the whirlwind if ideas I just had.  

Other times, its as if a single idea will be on repeat…  

Making it hard to concentrate on other things I need to do.  

These sorts of all-consuming thoughts can also be quite draining for me.  

The majority of the time, however, I commit to writing down or drawing my ideas the moment they come to me. 

This helps my creative juices flow freely… as if completing a thought during a conversation.  

Have you ever had someone interrupt you mid-sentence or mid-explanation?  

And when they’re done talking they offer an apology?  

And then they say something to to the effect of, “Finish telling me”?  

Psh.  

Nine times out of ten, I have already forgotten what I was saying, where I was headed, and why it was even important to begin with!  

This is an almost exact translation to what happens when an idea pops into my head and I ignore it.  

By ignore it, I mean I didn’t actively choose to do something with the idea (i.e. write it down, make a plan to execute it, or even add the idea to my calendar so it will remind me at a later time to complete a task).   

If I don’t act on the idea immediately, I risk forgetting it, where it was headed, and why it was important to begin with. 

The danger of this is it may have been the seed of something that will be grand and amazing.  

But I wouldn’t know this for sure unless I take action.  

So, I choose to believe that every idea that pops into my head has potential.  

And thus, I’ve got to make sure I do not forget it!  

What’s my solution?  

I grab a pen and paper.  

It might be old fashioned, but it does the trick every time.  

In fact, the number one way I’ve found to preserve my ideas is to write them down. 

I’ve also learned the value of jotting notes in a digital format.

  • they don’t get wet and therefore partially destroyed
  • they’re typically not destroyed unless you delete them
  • They never get truly deleted if you know your way around the trash bin and some handy recovery software
  • you can change the font size, shape and color when the mood strikes
  • you can even write 10 book’s worth of ideas and you’d still probably have space to spare
  • my favorite is that you can easily categorize information
  • you also may be less likely to lose the information due to misplacement or leaving it at a friend’s house, at work, etc.   

There are so many more benefits to digitally annotating your good ideas, but there are also some cons.

One being hackers.

Do your research and figure out what would be best for you.  

If you also struggle with keeping track of all your ideas, come up with a plan to somehow log them all.

And when an idea strikes, use the resources around you to document it.

For example, when I’m at work, I tend to grab a sticky note if I’m not near my journal.

But when I have time, I transfer it to my journal or to the notes app in my phone.

If it’s a good enough idea, I might log it in both as a super reminder.

Your ideas are good ideas. 

Log them. 

Go back and read them. 

Ponder how you can make them come true (only if they’re legal of course)  

I believe in you and you should too.  

Good idea fairy, meet pen and paper.

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