I try to write one blog post every day, but it is (understandably, I think) a fairly low priority for me. This means that I often push it aside and make it the last thing of the day, when I need to scramble around and try to think of a topic. And yet, I know that I’ve spent a fair amount of time today thinking about things that would’ve been good posts. I’m not sure how to capture those ideas. I either need to just write them when the idea occurs to me, or I need to figure out some way of taking down the ideas as they occur to me.
Periodically, I make plans to become a better notetaker, but I’ve just never managed to do it. I take down notes on my phone sometimes, but it just never feels organic. I read, in Daily Rituals, about a writer who took long walks in order to think. Whenever he had an idea while on his walk, he’d pin a (blank) piece of paper to his coat and associate it in his mind with that idea. Then, when he got home, he’d slowly unpin each piece of paper, remember the associated idea, and then note it down. Maybe that’s all I need: some kind of mnemonic.
I honestly don’t have ideas that often (or I have them so often that I don’t feel the need to catch them when they flit past), but it’d still be good to have note of the 1 or 2 each day that I really want to remember.