Jami-Lei was thinking about the importance of jotting down thoughts and ideas, which also came in handy for writing this blog!
Blogs are a great way of capturing your thoughts, as are notebooks, voice notes, messages, emails and social media. It’s clear that many people have a need or want to save their thoughts in some way. Ways of doing this have come in and out of fashion and everyone seems to have a preferred method. When I was younger I used to have notebooks everywhere; little pocketbooks to keep in my bag (just in case), medium ones if I was actively planning on jotting things down, and A4 books at home that served as mismatched diaries for life’s curiosities and memories. Now, I tend to quickly type out notes on my phone and make sure they’re uploaded to the cloud. If they’re really important, I’ll even email them to myself. However, I’m re-learning the habit of writing things down in longhand, and seeing just how valuable it is.
“As there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.” — William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Henry Esmond
People known for their success or writing are often known to carry a notebook wherever they go: Richard Branson, Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling and Isaac Newton are just a few examples. Some amazing business ideas, books and products began on a page in someone’s notebook. The beauty of it is that you can use any blank page and any pen or pencil – it’s not the resources that count, it’s the thoughts you capture. There are no requirements or structure and you don’t have to format your writing in any particular way. Thoughts and ideas don’t exactly follow a predictable pattern and sometimes they don’t feel important until later on. I can remember plenty of times where I’ve been right in the middle of something and an idea pops into my head, but it’s just not the right moment to think about it, or it doesn’t feel worthy. Srinivas Rao, a contributor at medium.com, describes notebooks as “fertile soil for creative seeds” – a place to put those ideas to later find them and let them grow into whatever suits.
If you’re not a writer, voice notes are also a great way to carry your thoughts around with you. Songwriters such as Taylor Swift and Charlie Puth use voice memos to capture potential lyrics or tunes to build on in the future. Business professionals also use voice notes to record important points in a conference or for moments when there’s not enough time to type or write an idea down.
“I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me.” — Richard Branson, Take note, it’s time to take notes.
This habit is common-place at Rambutan as we have a big pile of Rambu-notebooks in the office to use whenever we need to. In fact, here’s a picture of the page I wrote this exact blog idea on!