ideas in the dark…

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14/12/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

When do you get your best ideas? I always keep a notebook and pen on my bedside table, as I tend to have some interesting ideas just when I am about to fall asleep!

When I was a teenager, I hadn’t quite grasped the concept of keeping a pen AND paper handy by the bed, so I would write my ideas in the dark…on my arm…and then have to decipher my scrawl in the morning before washing the words off my skin.

Why do ideas start to flood in just at this time of the day?

  1. Our body and brain are both relaxed.
  2. We are peaceful – breathing and thinking calmly.
  3. We have clarity.
  4. We don’t have to be anywhere else.
  5. There are no distractions for the senses (including visual).
  6. We have time to think.

The idea for Canvassing My Friends came to me just as I was drifting off to sleep…one of the best ideas I have had thus far! The trick is to embrace the moment – to capture the thoughts in writing.

Give it a go! Rather than sinking quickly off to sleep, wait a moment and listen to your thoughts. And, remember that pen and paper…I challenge you to remember your sleepy thoughts in the morning if you don’t write them down!

This post is part of Sarah’s “Finding the Inspiration” series.
Click here for more inspired ideas!


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