How to keep your ideas population healthy
Ideas are funny little beings. They have confidence in their own population numbers and they are not too worried if you ignore them for a while. The more important ones in the group will make a habit of popping up and reminding you they are there every now and again.
Encourage Creative Ideas to Reproduce
To encourage your ideas to keep procreating, it's good to pay them just a minimal amount of attention: Record a quick audio memo on your phone, scribble in your notebook or take a quick photo. (I don't advise scribbling them down on a scrap of paper and leaving them mouldering on your studio staircase as they'll just form a dust trap and a home for eight-legged web-builders.) Make a regular habit of filing these notes somewhere it is easy for you to find them later.
Danger! Ignored Ideas
But, be warned: Completely ignore your creative ideas at your peril! This gives them the message that they are not wanted or appreciated and, in the long term, causes your ideas to go deep underground where it will be a lot harder to unearth them when you need them. Ignoring your ideas can even be a cause of the dreaded Creative Block.
Taking a small amount of time to acknowledge your ideas will let them know you value them and they'll happily keep multiplying in your subconscious. And, of course, you'll know where to find the most important ones, won't you?
What ideas have you recently revisited?