(Before the experiments)
Lonely were my nights, when inspiration called…
Less than a month ago I was ready to throw in the towel on blogging. Why? My inspiration is sporadic, doesn’t bother sending me a courtesy heads up email before it strikes, and it most definitely doesn’t care to keep daytime hours. Case in point.
See my picture on the right?
That’s me after spending the night in darkened living room resentfully pecking out a *3am star, instead of sleeping and dreaming decadent dreams of docs that require no formatting. It began playing havoc with my ADHD symptoms, my sleep, my everything.
Things had to change.
Finding ways to work around my inspiration was tougher than I thought
I knew I wasn’t the only one out there who had to deal with off the chain creativity so I started researching. I wanted something to help me capture the gist of the idea and to do it productively. And by productively, I mean in the least amount of time possible and tech challenged friendly. Matching my problems to a solution was a bit tougher than I thought, but I did narrow the possibilities down to the 2 that seem most likely to suit me.
The experiments began last week
You’re under fire from outlaw ideas and don’t want bunchy knickers or to lose any more sleep
- If you are anything like me, you tend towards having a pack of feral thoughts rampaging through your head more nights than you don’t.
- The only chance at getting sleep in the near future is to give in, get up, and extricate the wild horde from your brain.
- Normally good to go with a few sentences to jog the memory later on. And all about quick, fast, and in a hurry.
- The Evernote android app has been a huge help.
- Comes with the option to take notes using voice dictation. Can be used on the desktop, can sync it to email, set reminders, and it’s free. There are a ton of options that I haven’t explored-yet.
- Yes, I still keep a notebook by the bed. It’s the safe guard against my body refusing to get up or we lose power. Either one or both will happen at some point.
Creativity overload is jamming your brain and ideas, dates, even your name is leaking from your ears
- We all need to offload our computer files periodically. Our brains aren’t all that different.
Create a brain de-fragging spark file.
- It’s all about simplicity. A single document on which you put all of your ideas and your inspiration maybe’s.
- Date each entry as you record them. Put it there and forget it. But make a point to go back through the document from top to bottom, once a month.
- Using a spark file provides a way to dump the brain gunk so you don’t end up mulling over the same idea 3 days running. And it’s working.
- The only trick is my remembering to use it, but it’s a habit well worth learning.
Now I’d like to hear from you.
If you have some tips that work for you, don’t be a tip-hoarder.
Pass them on. And let me know too. 😉
*3am star Definition
Anything written between the hours of 12am and 4am by CeeLee while under the influence of sleep deprivation is subject to the crap clause. Meaning it can and likely will turn into a steaming pile of dung the instant the morning sun hits it.