Your best ideas are going to strike at the most inopportune times. The best way to catch those eureka moments that spring up throughout the day is to be prepared for them.
In the car, store a cheap voice recorder. Store a notebook (and pen) in a drawer in the bathroom, on the beside table, in your bag/purse, in the kitchen and anywhere else you find yourself with ideas an no place to put them.
If you know great ideas come to you in the sauna then take some paper and pen in with you to capture them (do not take a cherished notebook).
My Favorite Notebook
My absolute favorite notebook is the moleskine. I have been using them now for almost a decade and highly recommend them to any writer or journaler or artist.
They come with different kinds of paper ranging from graphed to lined to blank. I have a blank one beside my chair for doodling and a lined one in my bag to capture ideas.
Moleskines come in different sizes ranging from hand size to magazine size. I find the midline most convenient for recording thought out ideas.
Talking About Your Ideas
There are a many different voice recorders on the market from tape cassette (yes I still have mine) to digital recorders. The world has become so digitized it seems like the way to go whether it is a separate recorder just for your notes or an app on your phone — I have one on my iPod that I have used on occasion but overall it does not fit me. Try it though, so you can rule it out.
Separate recorder options can range in price from $25 to $65. Your ideas are worth at least that much. Sure there are more expensive options on the market but you can always upgrade later if you find you are using it more and more.
Institute a Plan
If you do not already have a plan for catching inspiration when it strikes now is the time to do so. Figure out what method works for you and institute making it accessible… everywhere! The key to catching your ideas is being prepared. Now go get ready for the next flow of creativity.
If you have a tip for catching inspiration when it strikes feel free to leave a suggestion below.