I just come across this write up on how to get ideas. I will like to share with you my views and the authors view.
Coming up with ideas can be tough, sometimes impossible, or so it seems. I’ve never had a problem with generating ideas, but I’ve discovered that they often do not manifest themselves in the way I expect them to.
Whenever I feel like I’m stuck, I move onto something else, because if I try to force things, it never goes well. I learned this while playing the freeCell game.
I learned that when I let things unfold naturally, everything went smoother and the end results were better.
I’ve had a lot of time to get familiar with how my body, mind and soul conjure up ideas. I suggest you do the same!
Where Do Ideas Come From Anyway?
I think ideas come from a place we don’t see, but we know is there, we kind of feel it. Ideas aren’t something that belong to us, they float around until someone grabs them.
How often have you had an idea that you didn’t act on and then a few months later you discovered that someone had “stolen” your idea?
That’s what happens when you don’t use the inspiration you get. If you aren’t putting the ideas you get to good use, what is the point of sending you more?
A Note on Brainstorming
At the moment my favorite way of brainstorming is to take a topic and start writing keywords about anything that comes to mind.
The best way to do this is to use a voice recorder, because the last thing you want to do is censor yourself, which happens a lot if you’re writing.
We all have at least one thing we can do to allow ideas and solutions to appear. For the detective it was taking a drive.
The more you use your brain and solve problems, the better you get at these things. Here are a few of the ways I generate ideas:
1. Washing the Dishes. It’s amazing how many ideas I’ve gotten while washing the dishes. I’ve never been a fan of using a dishwasher. Why do I need one when I can wash everything by hand so much more quickly? Anyway . . . using the dishes helps me focus my mind on one thing. In that sense, it is kind of like meditation. Whenever I need an idea or a problem solved and if there’s dishes around, I go do them. Often it doesn’t help to think more, but to think less.
2. Befriend Your Bed. It’s not what you think. What I mean by befriending your bed is taking a break and lying there, relaxing. If you’ve been trying to come up with a great idea or solution all day, give yourself some time to cool off and take a nap or lie there thinking about whatever you want, but I do recommend making it something positive. If I go to bed, lie down and think about my problem, it doesn’t really work that well.
3. Allowing. Sometimes ideas come when the time is right. I view ideas and inspiration as something that comes naturally, so when I’m not receiving a solution to a problem, it’s me blocking it. When nothing else works, I meditate and release any resistance I might have in my body.
4. Observing. I like to take walks with Friends or by myself. It helps me clear my mind. If you decide to go for a walk, stay as present as possible and remember to bring something to record your ideas on. I’ve noticed that once the flood gates open, I want to be ready to capture whatever is coming through. Don’t wait, jot everything down right away.
5. Being Present. I almost hate saying be present, be in the now and focus on what is, because they have been so overused in the last few years. But they have been repeated so many times for a good reason: they work. When you stop worrying and get your ass back to the present moment, you’ll improve your idea generation greatly.
6. Brainstorming. Like I said above, I’ve fallen back in love with brainstorming. Sometimes I use mind mapping software, sometimes I use notepad and sometimes I use good old pen and paper. The only reason I don’t use an audio recorder is because I like to see my ideas, so if I record everything, I’d have to transcribe it all and that takes time.
7. Exercising. Have you ever noticed how clear your mind is after you’ve exercised? I have too, it’s pretty cool. This again goes back to the theme of doing something completely unrelated to what you were doing and letting your unconscious come up with a great idea or solution to a problem you’re having. Our conscious mind is nothing compared to our unconscious.