Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A habit that I have adopted over the years is to write down great ideas when I find them from others or think of them myself. In the past, I have done this as they come to me; but I have recently started doing this on a daily basis. I would like to invite you to consider a similar endeavor.

This particular “great idea” of mine to formalize the process of a daily recording of great ideas came about as a result of my creating a Python app called “Learning Log.” As some of my friends and family know, I engage nightly (usually in the wee hours of the morning) in studying a variety of subjects which include philosophy, statistics, economics, finance, Python programming, and many others – basically whatever interests me.

In doing the Python programming, I was studying a book called Python Crash Course (Matthes, 2019). One of the projects in the book was to create and publish the Learning Log app. Once I finished this project, I asked myself if there was some useful purpose I could think of for it. It then occurred to me that it could be a useful place for me and others to record our great ideas. Accordingly, I gave the app the URL name, Great-Idea-For-Today, which coincidently and conveniently is abbreviated, “GIFT” (I didn’t plan it that way – but noticed it after I created the URL. I guess that was an unintentional “great idea.” Some of the best ideas come about that way!).

So, here is what I suggest you do:

  1. Every day, try to find or think of one great idea.
  2. Great ideas can be anything – quotes like the one from Gandhi (above); new things you have learned; something you researched; something you learned in school, etc.
  3. Go to the Great-Idea-For-Today app and record your great idea(s). If you have more than one great idea, put them all down. But at least try to get one for each day.
  4. If you haven’t found or thought of your great idea for today, find one or think of one before you go to bed. Developing this habit is very important.
  5. When recording your great ideas, you can list them in any way that you would like to. The app is designed for complete flexibility. The way that I record my great ideas is to put them in categories that interest me. For example, I have categories for philosophy, research study, economics, finance, etc. I am adding new categories all the time.
  6. Please make a backup copy of your great ideas from time-to-time, as things go wrong in cyberspace and something could happen to the app. It would be a really great idea for you to have a backup copy (digital or print) in case something goes wrong.
  7. There are two known issues: (1) Category names cannot be edited or deleted; and (2) there is no way to recover a lost password – so keep your password in a safe place.
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  9. This is a totally free app for you to use.

Enjoy this endeavor. You will gain a great deal of wisdom by engaging in it. It’s really all about lifelong learning.


Matthes, E. (2019). Python crash course: A Hands-on, projec-based introduction to programming. San Francisco, No Starch Press.

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