Sunday, March 6, 2016

Capturing my dreams

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?  

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