Never Miss an Idea With This Breakthrough Invention

A clean way to record “A-ha” moments

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One of the pieces of advice most commonly given to new writers is, “Always have a way to jot down an idea.”

Ideas can hit you at any time. They don’t just show up when you’re sitting at your writing desk — in fact, for many of us, that’s when they’re least likely to show up. Ideas come to you when you’re riding the bus. When you’re standing in line. While you’re watching a movie.

In these modern times, its hardly ever a problem to capture ideas. If the computer is not in front of us, we almost always have our phones. It’s easy to jot down an idea in Notes, Evernote, Notion, or another favorite note-taking app. Those who are a little more old-school prefer to keep a pen and reporter’s notebook in their pocket.

I don’t keep my phone in the room when I’m sleeping, but even then I prevent ideas from escaping. I keep a notepad by my bed to write down anything I remember when I wake up from a dream.

However, I have 5 minutes a day when it simply isn’t possible to have my phone or paper with me…

shower head spraying water
shower head spraying water
Image by tookapic from Pixabay

The shower. You can’t take a phone in there, or you’ll be ordering a replacement phone later in the morning. You can’t take a notepad in there, or it’ll get so soaked you won’t be able to read your writing.

That’s a shame, because the shower is a peak idea-generating space for many of us. It’s an activity that requires little thought, so it’s a time of day when our conscious mind fades into the background. Ideas easily bubble up from the subconscious.

This morning, I had an idea for an article I wanted to write, just as I was lathering my hair with shampoo. By the time I rinsed, toweled off, and made it to the computer, the idea was gone. I was so mad at myself, and this morning was not the first occurrence of my losing a dynamite shower idea.

Amazon to the rescue

They say you can find anything on Amazon, and after today, I believe them.

(Links in this post are regular links, not affiliate links, by the way)

The 40-sheet notepad features waterproof pages, so now you can get that idea down without stepping out of the shower. It uses an ordinary graphite pencil with an eraser. It comes with suction cups too, so you can attach the notepad and pencil holder to your bathroom wall.

If 40 sheets aren’t enough for you, you can order 3-pack waterproof notepads as refills.

I’m ordering one! By the way, they work in the rain, too. How you’ll hold a notepad, pencil, and umbrella at the same time is unclear to me, but note-taking during a downpour is now theoretically possible.

Have you ever written on a waterproof notepad? Do you have another note-taking innovation? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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I write about writing, ideas, creativity, intuition, spirituality, life lessons. Ex-college teacher Twitter: @paulryburn

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