I’ve had a few times when ideas came to me when I couldn’t write them down. At one point, this might have been when I was out and about. Of course, since the advent of texting (and, later, Smartphones), this isn’t a problem. A quick text or e-mail to myself and I’m good to go.
Recently, ideas seem to come to me on the Jewish holidays. You see, during certain holidays, I refrain from "working at my occupation." I take this to mean that anything that I could use to do work for my job is off-limits. I’m a web developer, so computers are no-nos as are pen and paper (could write down code/designs to type up later) and phones (could call in to discuss work issues). (NOTE: I’ll carry a phone with me in case of emergencies, but it is set to vibrate and everyone knows not to call unless it is a matter of life or death.)
So what happens when I get an idea in the middle of a Jewish holiday? That is, during a time when I can’t write it down, type it up, or use my smartphone to send a reminder to myself? That’s when I’ve got to exercise that brain of mine to remember it myself. Kind of like how people used to remember things before computers were all-but-grafted onto us.
A couple of nights ago, I had a weird dream. In it, I had built a very popular Twitter application. I was showing it to someone to demonstrate how it worked. I’m going to leave off the "how it works" details for obvious reasons, but suffice it to say that my dream was quite descriptive. When I woke up, I remembered it perfectly and realized that this was an application that I could actually develop. One that people might use.
Of course, the past three days have been Jewish holidays. (Shabbat followed by two days of Shavuot.) Since I couldn’t record it in any other manner, I kept it in my mind up until the Jewish holiday ended. Luckily, by then, it hadn’t been forgotten. If anything, it’s taken root and expanded.
Now if I only had more free time to work on Twitter applications.
Have you ever had an idea come to you in a dream?
Disclaimer: The "sleeping face" image above comes from OpenClipArt.org.