You don’t need to become an over-thinker to generate ideas. Good ideas come along all the time and help people solve minor problems in work and daily life. Great ideas appear a little less frequently and require a little more work to execute. Here, I’m going to share some ways by which you can break through your conventional thinking to generate great ideas.
1. Engage in Observation Sessions. Great ideas won’t happen in a vacuum. You need some way of getting your brain to think in new and creative ways. Commit time to specific sessions where you stimulate your brain into thinking differently.
2. Socialize more. Hanging around with the same friends and colleagues can get you in a thinking rut. Take advantage of all those LinkedIn connections and start some exciting conversations. New people don’t know your thought process or your back ground. so you’ll have to revisit your existing inner monologues. The refreshing perspectives will help to surface new thinking and possibly a lightning bolt or two.
3.Read More Books. Books are wonderful for creating new thoughts and stimulating great ideas. Add business books in your routine to expand your thoughts and way of thinking. If you can’t make the time for a novel, go hunt down a bookstore and spend an hour browsing. You’ll find plenty of thought stimulation.
4. Randomly Surf the Web. Google is great when you know what you are looking for, but the best way to generate new ideas is with unexpected learning. Take an hour each week and go on a web journey.
5. Keep a Regular Journal. A journal is great for recording thoughts, feelings and the history of your life. It also is a great way to structure and develop ideation habits. If you don’t keep a journal, you must start today.
6. Meditate frequently. It’s hard to come up with great ideas when your mind is crowded with everyday thoughts and concerns. You need quiet space. Meditation will help you clear your mind of daily business and stress. Then you can quietly focus on your future or solving various issues. Commit to two hour-long sessions every week and soon you’ll find new ideas flowing.
7. Use Structured Exercises. Structure breeds creativity. Simple exercises can get your brain working in a focused manner to yield great ideas.
All of these methods require a commitment of time and energy, but that’s the key to great ideas. You need to give your brain the time and space to work for you. If you try each of these methods, you are bound to come up with a great idea or two.