5 Tips to Help You Capture Your Ideas

Matthew MacLachlan

15 Jun 2016

Ideas, in both our business and personal lives, often appear at the most inconvenient of times. We all know too well that if an idea is not captured when we think of it, it is often lost forever. Here are some great tips to help you capture your ideas and save them for later when you are ready to act on them. 

How to Capture your ideas: Find the Time

No wonder there is little time to capture our ideas, never mind time to reflect upon them.

In today’s world, even though we are told to ‘think outside the box’, in reality, we are often living rather regimented lives. We are measured by well-defined performance factors in our jobs and told what is expected of us. Often we are told not only what to do but also how to do it. No wonder there is little time to capture our ideas, never mind time to reflect upon them.

The 10 reasons you’re failing to capture your ideas

We often wait to see if someone else has the same idea so we are not embarrassed

  1.  You are in too much of a rush to get something else done
  2.  You are too quick to dismiss an idea as not being good enough due to lack of confidence
  3.  You give up if you are not being rewarded for presenting new ideas
  4.  You forget the idea if you are distracted
  5.  You wait to see if someone else has the same idea so you are not embarrassed
  6.  You wait until nobody else is around to take credit if you are very competitive
  7.  You wait until we have a more complete idea but it never develops further in your mind
  8.  You don’t see the immediate value of the idea
  9.  You don’t have a good way to capture your ideas
  10.  You write down an idea and then lose the piece of paper!

Now for the Good News! You Can Capture Your Ideas 

If you believe strongly in your idea, develop it over time

Some of the most creative people make it a point to have a system to capture their ideas no matter when or where an idea arrives. Although the same techniques may not work for everyone, here are some ideas on how to start.

  1. Have a pen and paper with you at all times, especially when you cannot access your technology
  2. Train your brain to retain your ideas if it is not possible to capture them on paper immediately
  3. Consider all initial ideas worthy of noting down. You can always edit or even delete them once you give them sufficient thought
  4. Have confidence in your ideas. They may not all be put into action, but honest and sincere ideas are worthy of respect
  5. If you believe strongly in your idea, develop it over time. Even if you can’t find an immediate audience for your idea, you may do so sometime in the future

Finally, give yourself permission for thinking time… and don’t forget to write down your thoughts!



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