Have you ever thought about how much information we let slip through the cracks?
Maybe it’s a great quote that we’ll never remember after we hear it. An inspiring piece of art or even an advertisement or commercial that we won’t be able to recall when we need inspiration. Or maybe it’s a great marketing idea that we come up with and can’t remember to save our lives.
These would all be very valuable when we’re looking for some creative ideas or some inspiration at some point down the road. So, in hopes of preventing this from happening, there’s a few things that I’ve started doing…
I recently bought a moleskin notebook and I’ve started using it to write all sorts of stuff in. This is mainly for inspirational quotes, long term “ideas” I come up with, or anything that I could look back on at a later time and find really useful. I see this sort of like the secret notebook from The Waterboy that the coach kept all of his plays in and was the secret to his success. I’m pretty psyched for the potential of this little notebook in the future.
I know what you’re thinking and, no, I’m not talking the type of scrapbook that you start a club for. I like looking through magazines and clipping out ads that I find really creative and are really able to break through the clutter. These can be a source for me to use when I’m looking for a creative kick start.
Other times, I’ll be in some random place and think of an idea for a blog post or a great idea for how to approach a project out of nowhere. This is when I’ll have to get creative in how I make note of it (because I’ve learned that with me, if I don’t take a note, I’m bound to forget it). My first option is to email myself if I’m at a computer so that I’ll definitely see it. If I’m not at a computer, I’ll type a note into my phone or iPod and save it. If neither of those work, well, I’ll probably spend so much time thinking about how to make note of it that it’d be virtually impossible for me to forget.
So, why am I telling you this? For starters, I thought some of these may be useful for yourself and inspire you to start doing something along these lines. More importantly, though, I wanted to see if there was anything you do that’s similar to either remember stuff for inspiration later or simply what do you do when you need inspiration? Do you look through notes you have? Do you read books? Do you look at other people’s work? I’m excited to hear your processes in the comments section!
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