⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄

30sec Tip: Keep a Pen and Paper with You at All Times

⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄
30sec Tip: Keep a Pen and Paper with You at All Times

Keep a pen and paper with you at all times. It might be a pain, but when you need to capture something an your electronic device fails you, you’ll be glad you’ve got ’em.

Wouldn’t it be nice if ideas came to you when they were supposed to? You sit down, decide to be creative, and boom: you’re creative. The juices flow, the ideas are endless, and your brilliance just runneth over onto the page.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. For most of us, our creative and inspirational moments come at random, unpredictable, and often totally inconvenient times. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, and that great idea could strike at any moment.

That said, the best thing we can do is be prepared at all times for that game-changing idea. I recently decided to take stock of where I am when ideas hit me, and what I’m doing; this has allowed me to figure out where I need to have ways to record ideas, thoughts, and other general moments of brilliance that come when I least expect them.

At the end of my search I found nine places, where I had no easy way of recording ideas, where I often have good ideas. I put a pad of paper and a pen in each one, and it’s made my ability to quickly and easily record ideas much higher. Here they are, nine places to make sure you’ve got pen and paper (or index cards, or Moleskine notebook) ready for your next great idea:

9 Places to Always Keep Pen and Paper Handy

More by this author

Brian Lee

Ex-chief of product management at Lifehack

2 Minutes Book Summary: Talk Like TED
2 Minutes Book Summary: Talk Like TED
the productivity project book cover
1 Minute Book Summary: The Productivity Project
2 Minutes Book Summary: How to Read a Book
2 Minutes Book Summary: How to Read a Book
1 Minute Book Summary: Always Hungry?
1 Minute Book Summary: Always Hungry?
I hate my job
What to Do When You Hate Your Job (for Both Who Choose to Stay or Quit)

Trending in Productivity

1 This Full Life Organizational Plan Can Help You Tidy Up Your Life 2 Multitasking: Is It Good And Can You Actually Master It? 3 How to Build a Digital Brain (Your Second Brain) 4 25 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Now 5 How To Effectively Boost Cross-Team Collaboration: 5 Tips

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Explore the Full Life Framework

Advertising
Advertising