Great Ideas Come and Go
You’ve heard it said before that great ideas are a dime a dozen. The only thing that matters is the action on them. I’ll be the first to agree with that. If you’re just coming up with fantastic ideas left and right but not putting anything into motion, you’re no better off than somebody who never gets any ideas. However, before we tackle putting them into action, we have to look at the best way to keep them from coming and (mostly) going. For this, we’ll take a look at where you are and see if we can’t make some quick and easy adjustments so that you seem like a freaking idea machine.
Just to be clear, this post is going to focus completely on ways to hold onto ideas you get at random times throughout the day. The earlier linked article by James Altucher can help you to create a system to generate ideas when you’re focusing on that. Like when you do as Craig Ballantyne suggests and take a Sunday morning for thinking. What I want to show you is how to stop losing great ideas because they never get recorded.
I’ll admit this post arose from a purely selfish concern of mine. I’m not saying I’m some super computer who has million dollar ideas coming at me all day, left and right and I can never get them written down. Much more sinister than that. Like most of us, we’ll be struck by something out of nowhere and we have no way to commit it to paper or pixels so we tell ourselves the idea over and over and try to make it stick. Like who hasn’t been in the shower when something hits you and you have no way to do anything except repeat it over and over hoping our memory keeps it. What usually happens? By the time we get to our desks we’ve either completely forgotten the original thought or it’s degraded to where it makes no sense. So, I’m going to reiterate something you’ve heard a lot in case it hasn’t stuck YET: ideas must be recorded if you’re going to have a prayer of developing it further or acting on it! Period. No ifs, ands or buts about it!
Easiest and Quickest Ways To Record Your (potentially) Great Ideas
I believe the best way to make sure we’ll use something is to make it as easy as possible. Plus, it’s got to be something that stands a good chance of being with you nearly constantly. Having a great idea while you’re out grocery shopping won’t do you much good if you have no way to record it.
So, without any further delay, let me list for you my top recorders of great ideas.
What Are You Likely To Have Handy?
This is the question that’s most important to your success here. I’m not saying you can’t come up with a system you’ll stick to. Entrepreneurs are no different than most people in a lot of ways. Firstly, we’ll go for the easy solution every time. This is the reason I recommend you start by looking at what you take with you nearly everywhere. I think women may find this one easier than men because of the purse factor. I know for my wife it would be easier to ask what she ISN’T carrying with her in that thing-LOL! Still, we all need to be more thoughtful about what we take with us.
For men, I’m suspecting cell phone, wallet and keys. Does this sound about right? Here are some quick solutions for you.
- Cell phone – No matter if it’s Android or Apple, you should be able to find a simple voice recording app or use the one that comes with them. Anything that you’re likely to pull out, record and go back to what you’re doing will work fine.
- Smartwatch – For the hipper among us, as long as it’s got a microphone there’s got to be an app for recording your voice.
- 3 x 5 Memo Pad – This one’s old school and a lot of people swear by them. They can fit easily in a purse or pocket. I’m not crazy about this because it necessitates a writing instrument, can look geeky on men and is not something most of us are walking around with.
- Keychain Voice Recorder – This seems like another handy choice. I’ll confess I know nothing about these. I would go to Amazon and look around. I found a pretty wide range of quality, reviews and prices. Sorry I can’t recommend one here.
- Tablet – This one’s a stretch for me and I’m an iPad dude. I just don’t carry it EVERYWHERE with me.
Over To You
I really want to hear from you on this. Do you have a favorite great ideas recorder that’s withstood the test of time? Tell us about it. I tend to favor lower tech whenever possible but I can’t seem to make myself jam a notepad (and pen or pencil) in a pocket and walk around all day with it. I’ve read more than one successful entrepreneur who absolutely swears by them but that’s not me. I’d especially like to hear your unconventional ideas here. As entrepreneurs, we’re all about getting the most use out of everything we have and it’s VERY possible that I’ve overlooked something as plain as the nose on my face to one of you. Let me hear from you!
Keep striving for more!