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Carry paper and pen around

Even if you’re not actively thinking about your work, at other times of the day and night, you may still get brainwaves. Some people even get ideas from their dreams. However, it’s not much use if you don’t remember the idea when you actually sit down next time to do some work. So what you need to do is have some way of recording that idea the moment it occurs, so that even if you forget it later you won’t lose it.

Now, the classic way of doing this is to carry around a little notebook, or just some scraps of paper, and a pen or pencil. You can improvise too - napkins at restaurants are great for writing on, as are business cards, or any bit of material that a pen or pencil will successfully write on.

In this modern age of technology, there are a lot of alternative options too. You can e-mail the idea to yourself if you’re near a computer with Internet access. If you’ve got a mobile phone, you can either sms the idea to yourself or, if your phone has it, record the idea straight into a memo or to-do list. Some phones and portable music players have a voice record option as well - you can record your idea for later that way too.

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