Never miss out on a good idea because you couldn’t capture your “eureka” moment. Use these tips for capturing thoughts:
- Always have a capture device. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, pocket notebook or scraps of paper, always have something with you that you can use to write down and save your ideas and notes. Note cards work well for that; write one idea on each card, and then stack the cards in order of priority.
- Put whiteboards on your walls. Affix small whiteboards in places you frequent regularly, especially if you work out of a home office. Keep dry-erase markers handy nearby. Use the whiteboards to jot to-do lists and ideas.
- Get rid of unnecessary stuff. Note cards, reminders, sticky notes and calendar entries that stay in a perpetual “someday” pile serve only to distract you from organizing your priorities and critical tasks.
Eliminate that mental clutter by getting rid of the “someday” pile.
— Adapted from “5 Killer Ways to Open Up Your Next Presentation,” the editors of The Big Fish Blog, bigfishpresentations.com.