I recently heard Austin Kleon speaking about journals/notebooks. One of the things that he said was:
Notebooks are a good place to have bad ideas.
I agree and that’s how I tend to use my notebook. But I discovered another good place to have bad ideas… in a conversation with a trusted and respected colleague. Yesterday at work I was talking to such a colleague and sharing my latest (daft) idea with her. She listened to what I had to say then told me why it was totally dopey. It was honest, appropriate and non-threatening, but robust enough to get her point across.
So from now on my ideas will mainly go into my notebook, but occasionally I’ll share them with others to test them out.