I am normally very well organized. My downfall was what to do with those ideas that I couldn’t put on a “to do” list and subsequently cross off but that deserved a better fate than being scrawled on a piece of paper, and then what? They belonged in a searchable data base. This sounds pretentious, I know, but bear with me because you might have the same problem. What do you do with insights you glean from others, “sparks of genius” of your own, rambling thoughts, the occasional chart you want to save that doesn’t fit into any neatly defined category? And the list of problem children could go on and on.
I found a solution to my troubles in the form of the freeware program
My Journal. It was written in 2006 and never updated, so I can’t predict its life expectancy. In brief, don’t commit those paradigm shifting ideas to it. But you can have several journals, you can index them, and—most importantly—you can search them by key words. This program may not be your ideal solution, but look around. Journaling software is a useful tool, in large part because you no longer have to remember where you left your keys.