For anyone that knows me personally, or if you haven’t picked up from my blog posts, I’m someone who cycles through habits. One of my favorite subreddits (sub section of reddit) is reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/or LPT.
My goal isn’t to take on a habit FOREVER, rather I try to shift my habits around to pick up on new and different ideas. Hoping that the great ones stick and I benefit from the good ones while they last.
With all the research I do, I wanted to share some of my tips for you and things that have worked for me personally over time.
Keep a Notebook
This one goes WAY back for me. My first invention idea I can remember, was in 4th or 5th grade. I noticed an oscillating fan wasn’t distributing air to everyone in the room on a hot day. I came up with an idea to have a floor fan that would blow from all directions at once – brilliant! (ha)
I grabbed a couple pieces of paper and sketched it out. The air intake would come from the top and bottom, allowing the fans to be placed in a cylinder 360 degrees around. Add several different speeds, and it was done. Per my dads recommendation, mailed it to myself to mark the date in which I thought of the idea and then left it in my junk drawer to collect dust.
But after that, I started to carry around a notebook. It has been my savior more than a few times. It’s helped me get through the first few months of a new job, a beer journal of various tastes I have liked and disliked, animation/movie ideas, to-do lists and a great tool to look back on and have a laugh at some very stupid ideas I thought about at 3am when I woke up from a deep sleep.
Needless to say, carrying a notebook is something that has helped me tremendously, and I recommend one for you.
My notebook of choice is the Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Classic Notebooks). I prefer the small notebook because it fits easily in my back pocket and doesn’t take up a lot of space. The space constraint is something I use to challenge myself to stay concise.
If this doesn’t work for you, my second option is a simple yellow pad of paper. Hope this helps you as much as it has me. Cheers.