My Deep Thought Notebook

by Jonathan Hilton

My current colorful, deep thought notebook!
My current colorful, deep thought notebook!

I am not sure what other people do with their thoughts. I mean the one’s that make you adjust in your seat and know that there is power boiling there.

The potential seed that could grow into some potentially awesome writing, or a gadget the world has never seen before and may never experience if I don’t record it quickly and accurately.  I often get hit with ideas from sources I experience every day and spend my time trying to record them in my almost magical, brightly colored, deep thought notebook.

Why I carry My Notebook

I have been carrying around a notebook for most of the past two years to catch these wonderful thoughts before they can escape me.  I call it my notebook of deep thoughts and ideas. More of a hopeful title than descriptive because it captures all ideas both good and bad.

As a learner throughout life, writing things down allowed me to internalize them, ingest them and work them around inside which allows me to decide if the idea is a good one or if it needs a bit more work. My notebook allows me to place an idea off to the side, safe and sound. Then return to it in the future and find my subconscious has found the value of that writing.

Looking for a "great Idea" in my notebook. Find them all the time
Looking for a “great Idea” in my notebook. Find them all the time

Some are from reading I do, and note taking of unique points and thought provoking phrases that highlight a feeling or spark a unique thought.  Some come from the great blogs I read online. I fill my notebook with quotes and descriptions that are just inspiring.  Like a blog I read yesterday for the first time. There were so many great writings, I filled up many pages, with quotes like:“In your shadow, I became a child.  In your light, I became a bird, and learned how to fly.” – Purnimodo

This quote and many others,  I place into the book and refer back to as often as I have to, in order to let it spawn a great expression of my own.  These are easy to do, because the words speak a story.  In a few short words, a story is spawned in my mind.  It is then just a matter of letting it flow out through my fingers onto the keyboard.

Some times during meditation, I think of those words and they allow me to encompass and cover the entire world.

Get Yourself a Thought Book

I highly suggest that you have a thought collection process for all great ideas that come your way, be they deal with spiritual things, action plans or just great information about life.  I am sure that people look at my colorful notebook and have pangs of jealousy, but they are going to have to find their own.

The great thing is that the actual book, means nothing without some substantial substance located on the pages inside. Any old notebook can provide any person with a vehicle to catch their ideas and manufacture them into greatness.  Mine cost a dollar but I have made it priceless.

 

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13 thoughts on “My Deep Thought Notebook”

  1. I love reading your blogs, I just sat and read this to my wife as she is also a writer. She keeps a notebook with her at all times, I have even caught her up in the middle of the night taking notes on her phone.

    I myself have a program on my computer and on my phone called “Evernote”, and they sync together, plus with my email. That way I can “clip” sections of webpages, take notes, or bookmark whole URLS. I have my sketch pad of course too that I sketch in and take side notes in while I am out and about. I have been known to sketch on napkins, receipts what ever was in front of me when a thought struck.

    We both feel when the muse strikes you use what you have near you to make sure you take down the thought and prevent it from flitting away like momentary youth.

    Trinton “TrinityHawk’ Garrett
    http://worksmartwny.com?affiliates=17

    1. Thank you so much for liking my blog and taking the time to comment. It really touches my heart to know that you shared this with your family. That is great. I am very, very grateful for your support. Keep coming back and reading and leaving as many comments as you like. I will always respond the first chance I get!

    1. Thank you, I try to keep a camera handy, and I use my cell phone to capture anything that happens! thank you very much for commenting and reading. I am writing it down in my notebook.

  2. How do you keep up? I have this orphanage of notebooks in my room. I start and then after a few weeks I forget I have one. I do feel ‘the need’ to have a notebook but I think I need a system with that,

    Thanks for reminding.. Going to dig one up and give it another try. I like the idea above of always carrying a camera and a notebook too! :)

    1. Thank you for commenting Purnimodo! I have developed a system, that I only use one notebook for creative, “deep thoughts” and I have one for business things and ideas. When my notebook gets full, I take some time and go through it and transfer the “good stuff” into the new book and leave the “old ideas” behind. I also have old notebooks kicking around. They are fun to read and look at, like memory books with thoughts instead of pictures. I have started to work more with photography more, because a picture is worth a thousand words. I would like to see what is in your thought notebook. I am sure there is nothing but deep descriptive thoughts, like you have an “orphanage of Notebooks” That would be a picture! Always great to hear from you, it makes my Monday much brighter!! :-)

        1. Do you have problems following through with your work? It will last as long as you use it. I think that people believe I am a spy because I am always carrying it around, and writing things in it, referring to it. Seriously, I have a page or two with your writing in it, which will in their time become something I create. Stick with it, let your notebooks be your butterfly nets for ideas.

  3. Love this idea, Jonathan. I have been using a voice recorder on my phone to capture deep thoughts, but it is getting a bit unorganized. I like how you have on journal specifically for deep thoughts.

    1. It is kind of a hopeful title, I have carried a notebook for much of the past two years, because as I read something that I wanted to remember and think about, I would write it down. Then I could refer to it later. A tape recorder would be good, but I would hate listening to myself. I think I talk funny, Maine accent, all of that stuff. Thank you for commenting, and being the awesome dude you are!

  4. Thanks for linking my post on Deep Thoughts to this post. My blog is all about Deep Thoughts and humor, so feel free to come for a visit. You might want to stay… :)

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