Simple Ideas for Saving Ideas

14 July 2015

You know how you get a great idea and then you forget it? Yup--that's me.  All the time.  In an effort to correct this problem, I've started following some simple tips to remember all my ideas (and make sure they stick around).

1.  Put them down somewhere.  
Ideas need to be put down on something.  This is the key.  It doesn't matter if they're written, typed, or saved to Voxer--get them out into the open. 

2. Use your phone and capture moments.
I've started hand writing all my blog post in Notes on my iPhone.  For the longest time I didn't and now I'm a little ashamed.  I've found it's the most useful way for me to keep an idea for a blog post or school idea.......and complete it.  

It seems such a simple thing to do, until you realize it's not.  Practice, practice, practice.

3. Strategically place PD books around your house so you don't blow through them in one sitting.
I know, I know..I'm playing with fire by telling you to pump the brakes on your reading.
I've found that bits and pieces keep me plugged in for longer when it comes to my professional development. Small bites make a larger impression.  They simmer much longer.

These two will take me the entire summer to finish. They're filled with ideas that I don't want to I will take my time.

The coffee table by the TV is not a good place.
The bathroom is an excellent place. 
Don't ask me how I know this.

4.  Tell someone what you're thinking.
Nope, I'm not talking about emotional feelings.
I tell my wife if I have an idea for anything school/blog/kid-centric because she will check-in with me (over time) to see how it's progressing.  Let's be honest--I forget a lot.  I mean, a lot.  So I tell her my ideas and she keeps me accountable.

That's it. I'm sure that behind these reasons are some kind of scientific explanation that deals with a space-time continuum, but I don't know about that stuff. Instead, I've picked four practices that are attainable (also known as easy).  Sure, some of these are rudimentary and cliched, but that's kind of the point. Go with what works.

If anyone has an idea for keeping track of ideas when running let me know.  That's my next problem to conquer.

So the question still remains:  How do you remember your ideas? From simplistic to complex, what do you do?  Does it work?  Why is it effective?

I've got plenty of these too, Dawson.



  1. Well, you know I LOVE Post-Its, and I have ALL sizes, so I usually will jot an idea on these colorful squares to help me keep track of my thoughts. I also keep a pad of sticky notes next to my bed because I constantly wake up with an idea thinking there's no way I could forget such a brilliant thought and then it's gone!
    Have you read Teach Like a Champion? I was wondering if I should read that one or the pirate one first.
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I have been using Wunderlist. It's an app, but I use it on the computer. You can make different lists for different things: Blog, school, ideas to check out, shows to watch, things to buy, etc. When you accomplish a task, you put a checkmark and it makes a crazy little swish sound and you feel really accomplished. I tried Pocket, but I couldn't get into it. I have stuck with Wunderlist for well over a year, so I guess it's a keeper.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I've been taking pictures of things too at PD. The people I work with think I'm weird, but it's a better visual for me. Teach Like a Pirate is a great book and I love the Twitter chats with like minded people. My book is FULL of post it notes so I can look back at it. I'm so glad I could finally meet you in Vegas!
    :) Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. You could be qualified to receive a Apple iPhone 7.


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