Keeping a Back-Burner Journal

During our meditation time, Victor and I say an opening prayer and then drop into silence for a while.  When we come out of the silence we like to share what came up for us.  Often wonderfully creative ideas emerge that have to do with our various businesses, our relationships, our family and/or our friends.  We then spend some of our meditation time exploring these ideas.  If they are particularly good ideas but not something we can act on right away, we might say to each other, “Yes, that’s something we should do. Let’s put it on the back-burner because we can’t do it right now.”  We might even write the idea down on a sheet of paper that gets lost somewhere on one of our desks or in a file.  The truth is, often those “wonderfully creative” ideas just get forgotten.

So, yesterday during our meditation we once again were blessed with many creative ideas.  As we were discussing them, I said “We need a way to keep track of these ideas so we remember to follow up on them when we have the time.  Then the idea hit me!  Why not create a “Back-Burner” Journal — a journal specifically for recording all these ideas.  I got a blank journal and started one right away.  I dated the first entry and then wrote down all the ideas we had talked about with some follow up actions we want to take.  In this way we have a record of these ideas.

This is a new process for us, so I’m not sure how it is going to play out.  But I thought I’d share the idea with you.  As we continue to add to our BB Journal, I’ll post follow up comments on how it is working for us. I’d love feedback about the idea and whether or not you are going to give it a try!

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One Response to Keeping a Back-Burner Journal

  1. Megan David says:

    Carol,
    I love your idea of a BB journal and will be interested to see how it works for you.
    I’ve done something similar by keeping post-its on my desktop with ideas and “to do” lists but they have been in a bullet list form. I like your idea of a journal for this.