Last night I went into bed and I pretty much passed out. It was a long and tiresome day for me. Spending 6 hours inside the classroom, with 3-5-year-olds who can’t understand a single word you’re saying is exhausting.
While falling asleep I had a perfect idea for a blog post. I remember thinking, “Oh that’s what I’m going to write about tomorrow morning,” and I made a rookie mistake by not writing the idea down.
The next morning, I woke up not even remembering that I had an idea. I had my coffee and finished my morning routine and when I set down to write a blog post, it came to me; the memory of having an idea and not the actual idea.
This is not the first time that it happened to me and I still haven’t learned from my mistakes.
Some may argue that the only ideas worth writing are the ones we can’t forget. While it’s a valid tool to avoid regret, it doesn’t work for me since I know that some of my best writing is a product of an idea which came out of nowhere and which I wrote down before I forgot all about them.
The reason I failed to write my idea down is that I didn’t have any writing device next to me. I keep my phone out of the bedroom and unfortunately, I didn’t have a single notebook, or even a paper and pen, on my nightstand.
Sometimes, these ideas tend to come back to me, but I can’t solely rely on that.
It’s true that a large number of ideas which I wrote down never became a blog post, a story or a novel, but I’m still glad that I wrote them down and I can’t say the same for those which I failed to write down and recall.
Since a lot of my ideas come in the bed or in the shower, I might keep a notebook or two at these places to prevent failure in the future.