Ever had a great idea while in the shower? How about while mowing the lawn or during a workout? Have you been able to work through a problem when not entirely focused on it? If you’re at all like me- this is completely the case. I’ve come up with solutions at the grocery store and had some of my best ideas sitting on the plane waiting for take-off.
Want to know my best idea yet?
I put pencil to paper and started writing them down.
When I first started scribbling in my notebooks I didn’t think much of it other than I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget them. Then I read a chapter in Michael Michalko’s ThinkerToys in which he encourages the reader to keep an idea log and it all made sense.
Writing down ideas, questions, or assumptions, enables an analyst to focus in on thoughts, comparisons, interrelationships and data that relate to a given problem. (Think Key Assumptions checklist)
Without even knowing it I had begun to capture my thoughts, work through problems and develop solutions for research projects. I know the value of an Idea Log or Book because I use it myself, every day. I depend on my Idea Book to stimulate my thinking and ensure I WORK SMARTER.
Why am I telling you this?
I’ve got a vivid imagination and a profound capacity to translate ideas into action. Keeping an Idea Book helped me get here.
I invite you to share your thoughts and challenge you to try out an Idea Book.
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