Capturing the random thoughts

Random thoughts comes to us when we free up our head from the day to day jugglery. The usual time of the day those thoughts peak up are shower, traffic signal lights, elevator, waiting at a restaurant but rarely at the work table. Our sub-conscious mind will continue to work on a problem to find a solution and pop it up at times when our conscious mind has taken a rest. It is at those times that I felt the need to capture the thought as it was too difficult to recollect just moments later. The sad part is that some of the ideas we get that time used to be great, seeing it die is painful.

How do we capture ideas as soon as when we get them? The only way is to have paper and pen to write on or note it down electronically. I tried using my mobile phone to capture notes but nothing was close to a physical notebook in terms of comfort and ease of use. The drawback of carrying a notebook was the size, even the hardbound pocket sized notebooks were difficult to carry around. Pocketmod came to my rescue, it allowed me to print a booklet in a style I would like and did it in just one A4 sheet of paper.

Carrying a pen and paper with me, helped to concentrate at the task at hand and not wander off while in meetings. The moment I capture my thoughts, my mind becomes free to get back to the task at hand in full swing.



  1. I agree, random thoughts pop up when we are not occupied or not at very serious work. Some of these random thoughts do provide a hint or clue to to our problem or dilemma lingering at the back of our mind, and just noting it down or remembering it provides a valuable suggestion to tackle the pending problem.Valuable Insight.

  2. I agree with the idea of being always ready to capture a random thought, and although I find PocketMod ingenious I think it’s not enough for truly random stuff. I happen to have around 7-10 small projects always running on the background, besides the normal work, and a random thought may relate to any of them. Surely I could write it down and later organise my random thoughts into the relevant small projects, but that would require too much admin work (which I would find tedious and end up not doing).

    Instead, I use my smartphone. I fire up the Notes app, where I have one specifically titled note for each of my small projects, and when a random thought comes I just need to add it to the relevant note. Later on, if I want to work on that small project, I can easily recollect all the random thoughts, get in context and get cracking.

    Like someone said (Edison?) having ideas isn’t enough, one has to do something with them.

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