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Ever have a brilliant idea only to later forget what it was? That used to happen to me a lot. In fact, more often than not, my best ideas would come in the middle of the night when I was fully relaxed and free from distractions. I’m probably not the only one who experiences this, but to be honest jotting down ideas in the wee hours of the night can be a challenge. Turning on a light, or even walking across the hall to my office, is a surefire way to wake my husband (and it doesn’t exactly make falling back asleep any easier either).
So instead, on most nights I would do my best to remember the idea by repeating it over and over in my head, hoping I would remember it in the morning. But despite my efforts I rarely remembered anything, and all that brain buzzing didn’t support a restful night’s sleep in the least.
I’ve learned the hard way that relying on my memory just isn’t a good idea. If I don’t write it down, I usually don’t remember it.
But I recently discovered that I can email those elusive little thoughts to inbox, and they’ll be waiting for me when I wake up in the morning. It’s like a parking lot for ideas. If something juicy happens to pop into my head at 2 AM, I simply grab my phone and take a couple of seconds to send myself an note.
I’ve noticed that this approach helps me drift back to sleep more easily, which makes it an act of self-care since it supports my health. When I’m not consumed by trying to remember my ideas, I don’t sacrifice my sleep. And that’s a big deal for those of us who rely on a constant stream of creative ideas.
How do you remember your brilliant ideas?