An Idea Catcher is similar in that you chronicle all your ideas as they occur to you and do not allow yourself to edit, reject, criticize, philosophize, or chastise. Record your ideas in a small spiral notebook, on 3 x 5 index cards, on your computer, on your smart phone, on a digital recorder, even on your home answering machine. You could write them on the calendar hanging on your wall, but it may prove to be unmanageable when you go to review them.
My approach is a little different. Small rectangles of pink, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange colored sticky notes cover my office closet door. Each sticky note is an idea or project which caught my attention and curiosity enough to write it down. It may be a single word, a phrase I read in a headline, snatches of conversation, a song title or lyric, a question that I’m pondering, a dream I want to explore, even a memory I want to capture. Some of the stickies might contain a possible book title, a line of poetry, a writing prompt, or a secret wish. It may be a destination, problem, or prayer. I can cluster them, or spread them around giving them breathing space. My sea of colored stickies is alive and a reflection of my imagination and creativity.
What does your Idea Catcher look like?
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