How many times have you come up with a good idea, or a really important thought only to lose it because you didn’t take the time to write it down? With an estimated 50,000-70,000* thoughts per day, it’s so easy to see how one individual thought could get quickly get swept away in the ebb and flow of our mind.
(There seems to be a wide variety of opinions on the actual amount of thoughts we have on an average day. Some say as low as 20,000, others between 60-70,000 and this site, which calculates up to 600,000 thoughts per day!!!)
With the incredibly fleeting nature of our thoughts, my number one suggestion would be to always keep a pen and paper on hand. If you keep a single journal that never leaves your side, that would be optimum – but if you don’t, you could keep smaller pocket sized notebooks in easily accessible places such as: on the nightstand next to your bed, in the bathroom, in the kitchen and/or in your car.
Smartphone apps and voice memos are other options for capturing our thoughts. Do either of these these work better for you than writing them down by hand? Or do you believe that writing them down is the only way to go?
I tend to work better with visual reminders – and as such, believe the action of writing helps me to reinforce the thought.