Have you ever become aware of your thoughts? I mean truly aware. If so, you’ll probably have noticed that they’re disordered, disorganized and racing rapidly around your mind. Imagine if you could harness this and control it for your benefit!
This article aims to give you advice on organizing thoughts and ideas, providing you seven tools to help you decrease the chances of losing your ideas and make the most of them.
It’s helpful to think of each point as successive steps along the way. Here’re 7 simple steps you should start trying on how to organize your thoughts:
1. Keep a notebook in your car
Ideas seem to be able to come at any time. You need to be ready for this. As such it can be a great idea to keep notebooks in places where inspiration may appear.
It’s as the film maker Noah Baumbach once said
“I find a lot of writing happens when you’re not actually at the computer. So I carry a notebook”
Your car is a prime location to keep one.
Suddenly grabbing a notebook when driving can be extremely dangerous however. So if you have a method to record your voice while driving this is a great and safe substitute.
Alternatively, just keep driving until you find a safe place to pull over and write your idea down.
2. Keep a pen and paper on your bedside table
You probably know that your dreams aren’t just randomly occurring, each dream we have can tell us something about our subconsciousness, the meanings behind our thoughts and feelings.
Therefore it can be a good idea to be aware of your dreams, and with it, write down anything significant about them that springs to mind.
Our dreams are easily forgot, therefore keeping a notebook can be a great way to harness your mind when it’s at this extremely creative period.
Even when you’re not dreaming, lying down trying to sleep can often let your mind wander freely bringing your ideas to focus. This can be quite annoying if you’re actually trying to sleep.
Keeping a notebook beside your bed can both help you note down your ideas ensuring you won’t forget them. As you’ve written you idea down, you don’t need to waste your energy trying to ensure you remember them. This might help you get to sleep faster.
3. Don’t organize the ideas as you jot them down at first
When you’re writing down your ideas, it can be tempting to ensure they’re written in an organized, ordered fashion. Fight this urge.
When you’re noting your ideas, you might find more and more ideas come at you. Taking time to ensure they’re immediately well organized can slow you down.
Look at the following picture:
It’s a mess of hastily written thoughts and crossed out ideas. The notebook above belonged to Mark Twain, one of the most important American writers of all time.
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