7 Ways to Generate New Ideas
- Ideas are our bread and butter
- How do we maintain a steady supply of brilliant ideas?
- Don’t they just… run out? Absolutely Not!
Maintaining everyday habits that keep your brains bursting with marvelous ideas
Here are a Few that we’ve Come to Rely on-
1. Use Structured Exercises
- Creativity Thrives on structure
- There are hundreds of simple exercise to try.
- Take Storyline – a constructive creativity exercise
- Select 4 words at random and create a story with the words. Get incentive!
- Explore alternative exercises and find the best one for you!
- ‘Man ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.’ (Oliver Wendell Holmes, American Physician
- Challenge preconceptions, encourage different thoughts processes and escalate new ideas by working with others.
3. Keep A Diary
- Keeping a diary stimulates thoughts that get Dismissed throughout a busy day.
- Document your thoughts daily and start recording your best ideas
- You’ll probably sleep a little too!
4. Read Books
- Ideas usually develop from known facts, rather than from being Plucked from thin air
- Mix it up, read some fiction, pick up an old novel, check out a few blog posts each day and buy a newspaper
- Don’t despair over distractions
- It’s common for minds to wander that’s a good thing!
- The mind is processing thoughts and ideas, stimulated by the words it digest.
5. Be Curious
- Greet ideas wont happen if you’re stuck indoors all day
- Your brain requires stimulation from external influences.
- A lunchtime walk, a weekend stroll, even a visit to the supermarket will help to get the creative juices flowing
6. Use Metaphors
- Metaphors compare two things to explain or to entertain
- Metaphors engage the right brain -the emotional, creative part.
- Pairing words takes our brains beyond obvious, exploring creative thoughts and ideation
- Metaphors work wonders for creative writing, too!
- There’s o better way of mastering a subject than teaching or presenting it
- Teaching forces you to research a subject in depth – new thoughts are generated by the process
- Next time you’re asked to represent a topic drag yourself away from your comfort zone and get stuck in!
- Note down your ideas -we’ve experienced that eureka moment, only to frustratingly forget it as the mind wanders off to ‘what’s for the dinner’…?
- Give your brain the time and space to work for you
- Make your favourite methods a habit and you’ll be off to a fabulous start!
- Creative idea generation takes time and commitment, rather than being a gift or skill we’re born with.
- Find the most effective methods for you and keep working on them with energy and enthusiasm