What you should know about Brainstorming


Published On: 02-15-2012 09:36pm

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Busy people with busy lives don't always have the time to sit down and brainstorm.   I know I don't.  And even if I did?  I'm pretty sure as soon as I sat down with pen and paper in hand I'd be drawing a blank.   My mind doesn't work that way and I know I'm not the only one.

Think about it.   Where do you get your best ideas?

Is it in the car?   On the can?  In the shower?  While you're falling asleep or when you just wake up?

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And usually by the time you get to a piece of paper and a pen so you can write those fleeting thoughts down they've already flown the coop.  I'm pretty sure all the worlds problems have already been solved.  The problem is they were solved in  a car or a bathroom somewhere and those same solutions lost before they could be recorded.

The key here is to be prepared.   I have a friend who leaves one of those mini-recorder keychain things in her car.  In fact, she has about five of them (they're cheap) and I know she usually has at least two in the car at any one time.   Smart woman since she has a long commute and this is when she gets most of her ideas.

Me, personally?  I get my best ideas in the shower.   Apparently my brain works best at my absolute most vulnerable.   Naked.  Soap in my hair (and possibly in my eyes).  In a glass box where no sheet of paper on earth can survive.  And suddenly, I'm a genius.   Seriously... A GENIUS.  I have the best ideas EVER... in the shower.

And by the time I get the soap out of my hair and a towel wrapped around me to race for a pen and paper, they're always gone.  Never fails, every time.

I solved this though.   Just recently I purchased myself a set of Crayolas (love that company).  Crayola is my friend because they make something called "Bathtub Crayons". 

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I tried wet erase markers.  Dry erase markers.  Washable crayons... (Yeah, right.  You just try getting that out of grout. Washable, my ***.)  Then, I was visiting a friend who has a 9 year old and I took a shower in their bath.   The shower was full of rainbows and when I showered, they rinsed -right off the walls- with a swipe of my hand.   Brilliant.

So I bought myself some and I keep one on the edge of the tub.  

No more wracking my brain trying to remember what that great idea was I had just a few minutes earlier, or what it was I finally remembered to write on the grocery list only to promptly forget again right after I step out of that vulnerable place back into my every day life.

Now whenever I have a good idea in the shower, I have the means to write it down... on the walls.  Usually up near the ceiling where the spray won't hit it and rinse it away.  Then, after I get out, I can copy down my notes to explore further.

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Best investment I ever made.

So what's the moral of the story here... or am I just taking a forray into the TMI today?   The moral of the story is that old boyscout motto.  Be Prepared.   

Whether you dream your ideas up right before sle
ep or wake up with them. Or they come to you in the car or on the can or in the shower... BE PREPARED.  Be creative and find ways to record these best and brilliant thoughts and ideas down when you have them instead of making yourself wait and strain to remember them later.  You won't regret it.


Twist the Leaf is an artisan jewelry designer that specializes in quality artisan jewelry designs for the every day women who appreciate color, quality and style. As co-collaborator of Bits n Beads by Gilliauna, he contributes a wide variety of designs to the shop and helps with the day to day running of the business where needed.

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