bathWhile there’s lots to look forward to in Week 2–the high energy, sunny optimism, sharpened memory–I personally love the way ideas come at a faster pace in this week leading up to ovulation.

Credit for the extra boost in brainstorming goes to the high estrogen, according to a 1994 study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. As researchers explain it, the higher estrogen climbs, the more it revs mental energy so you think faster on your feet. Plus, it makes you less judgmental about what you dream up. Together, these hormonal effects are a perfect combination for bubbling over with great ideas.

Now I’ve found an oh-so-easy way to make my own brainstorming sessions even better:

If you’re like me and do your best thinking in the shower, then you probably also know that horrible feeling you get when you come up with 10 awesome ideas as you’re sudsing up, but then only remember 5 or so of these ideas once you get out and dry off. Or, you’re forced to cut short a soapy brainstorming session because you’ve come up with a bunch of ideas and don’t want to think up anymore in case they become too numerous to remember.

Frustrating, right?

I got so frustrated with this problem during my most recent Week 2 shower brainstorming session that as soon as I toweled off, I ran to Amazon.com to find a solution.

And what I found was the AquaNotes Waterproof Paper and Pencila pad of paper and pencil that are waterproof!

Just attach it to your shower wall and use the pencil to write whenever inspiration strikes. The paper tears off so you can take your great ideas with you.

I don’t have any affiliation with this product–it’s just something nifty I thought I’d share. Personally, I’m not a fan of having to replace the notepad once the paper is used up. I was hoping to find something like one of those old-timey “Magna Doodle” toys for kids that uses a reusable sheet that you lift to erase or some kind of waterproof dry erase board.

But, if this little shower accessory–which costs $7.95 for a 40-page pad and pencil–preserves my next million-dollar idea, then I guess springing for the paper refills is worth it.

If you try this product or come up with another clever way to preserve your bath-time brainstorms, let me know!

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