As a designer or creative thinker, you may have noticed that those “aha” moments happen at the most inopportune times.
One of my favorite cartoonists, from FreelanceSwitch.com, showcased this concept at one point depicting a freelancer who couldn’t get a breakthrough idea until finally taking a break for a shower. The perfect idea hit at the very moment he was fully lathered up and not at all able to jot anything down. Ironic. Comical. And I have to say this has happened to me more often than not, usually when I am just falling asleep, running on the treadmill, or driving down the road. The worst is when I dream about projects I am working on and then I can’t remember if it was real or a dream.
As embarrassing as it sounds, I recently had to clarify with my boss on one point about a product I am promoting. Sure enough, I dreamed the entire thing. I wish I could say my dream lead to a great idea, but… at least it rendered a hearty laugh!
Some productivity gurus promote the following tips for capturing great ideas:
- keep a small notepad near your bed
- utilize taskpad, notepad, or voicememo apps on your phone
- of course, you can always paper your home office in Post its… if you enjoy the organized chaos it creates.
Find a technique that works best for you and keep plugging away at your project one step at a time. Let us know what works for you.