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The internet is the world's largest and most varied library. Letting yourself be drawn down a path of links and idle searches can take you to a new and fascinating idea.
History books are also full of great ideas and they often come with the processes and influences behind those great ideas. Tracing the creativity of great minds in the past can help you find new solutions in the present.
Spend some time away from the cell phone, the Internet or anything else that pulls you away from the problem at hand.
Meditating and hitting the gym also gives you focus and takes your mind away from past and future concerns. Besides, it keeps your body and mind in good shape.
The physical space around us has a surprising impact on thought processes. Spending time brainstorming away from your usual environment can increase your productivity.
Traveling is also a great way to see how the rest of the world lives. You can get inspiration from seeing new ways of doing things or discovering needs you didn't know existed.
Read on a wide range of topics to widen your knowledge and discover new connections. And when the new ideas start showing up, write them down.
Write your ideas, good or bad. Putting your thoughts on paper makes it easier to go back to find the stroke of genius and teaches you about how your own brain works.
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A new environment can quite literally lead to new ideas.
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Take advantage of the way different locations affect you. Our brains love habits, and if we can associate certain qualities with different places, it can help us get into a better working flow.
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"Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that. I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month. He paused and said, 'None.'"
Create a safe place, free from criticism, because we tend to clam up if we feel like we're going to be criticized.
Rather than criticizing what you don't like, focus on getting ideas out in the open so you can build on them.