Last year I had the opportunity to meet with the CIO of our company. Our team was given the chance to submit questions ahead of time.
In the past I would avoid submitting questions. Usually these questions take the form of "What do you see as our next big technology wave?" (It's going to be apps - look around you people...) Or "Are we going to have a headcount reduction?" (We will match supply and demand... That's the standard answer - has been for years).
But this time I decided to ask a different question. It's the same one that Tim Ferriss and John Lee Dumas ask:
Ideally - what do the first 60 minutes (or so) of your day look like?
Here's a guy who's had a lot of success in business - why wouldn't we want to know what his habits are?
Some of the answer was what you'd expect: Hit the gym, read the Wall Street Journal (especially the technology section), in general read a lot.
But then there was a new thought: He said "Ideally the night before I dreamt. That's very important. I like to capture what I dreamed about."
If it's good enough for the CIO, it's good enough for me. When I wake up in the morning - as part of the journaling in my morning routine - I capture any dreams I remember. In as much detail as I remember.
Sometimes they're inspiring. I'm speaking on a stage in front of 1000s of people. Other times they're just odd - I notice that we have bunk beds stored in our Boy Scout Troop trailer. Sometimes I know that I had a dream - and maybe a thought I wanted to keep - but by the time I wake up I forget what it was. The last area is why I capture the dreams. If I train my brain to capture them - the key thoughts won't disappear so quickly.
Do you capture your dreams?