For those of you who know me, I live 2 hours from Seattle so the title is a little off, but catchy right? Last night was a bit rough for me. I didn’t fall asleep until about 4 am!
I learned two things about myself from this late night/early morning experience
First, when you wake up in the middle of the night with a hungry monster in your belly, go ahead and eat some food he’ll let you sleep. I tried to sleep through it and wait until the morning, but that was not happening. The second, and what this post is about when you have ideas running through your head write them down. If you don’t, you and others might be missing out and you’ll probably get a better night of sleep!
As I’m writing this LifeMap book I think about it a lot as a result, I have all these ideas running through my head but they always seem to come at the most inopportune time. Fortunately, with modern-day technology I can take all those ideas and get them quickly down onto a computer, tablet, or phone.
The lesson I learned is get up get it out of your head get and on paper, or on to the computer. Free your mind. Freeing my mind from the ideas allows me to rest and relax and I think that goes for all of us. David Allen of Getting Things Done fame says, “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
He goes on to describe this as a difficult task but worth the effort. Ultimately bringing that relaxed and effective mindset. Next time you’re up at 1:00 am or 3:00 am and struggling to figure out why you can’t go to sleep, it’s because you have a brilliant idea you need to share. Each of us has powerful insight from time to time and in a world where it’s so easy to share our ideas, there’s no sense in keeping them to ourselves.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
Don’t Lose the Idea
The common mistake I make is to tell myself, I will remember the idea. This is rarely what happens. For me, I get my great ideas when I’m in bed or when I’m in the shower. So I leave a notebook or my phone next to the bed or take the phone into the bathroom so I can quickly jot down the idea. I want to capture the idea because I know someone will benefit from it, even if it’s only me.
What was that idea you had running through your head the other day? I want to hear from you. Give it a rest and share it with us, put it on Facebook or share it with friends in person (gasp). Whatever you do, don’t keep it to yourself. I am always surprised at how often the ideas I share have a big impact on others. Yours will too.