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7 Ways to Generate Great Ideas

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7 Ways to Generate Great Ideas
What makes the difference between a good idea and a great idea? 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.

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Engage in Observation Sessions

Engage in Observation Sessions
In order to get your brain to think in new and creative ways, set aside time to do something where you think differently: for example, people watching.

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Socialize Outside Your Normal Circles

New people don't know your old stories, so you'll have to revisit your existing thoughts.

The new perspectives will help to think differently.

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Read More Books

Books are great for creating new thoughts and stimulating good ideas.

Even if you cannot make the time for a book, spend time browsing a bookstore for plenty of thought stimulation.

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Randomly Surf the Web

The best way to generate new ideas is with unexpected learning. Use the I'm Feeling Lucky button on Google and just take it from there.

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Keep a Regular Journal

Keep a Regular Journal

A journal is a great way to structure and develop ideas.

Add the practice of finishing every entry with: My new idea for the day ...

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Meditate

You need a quiet space where you can clear your mind of thoughts and concerns and focus on your future.

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Use Structured Exercises

Take ten minutes to come up with about 40 ideas on a specific topic or problem. Do this with a partner. You will come up with at least two or three gems for your list.

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  • Have a written meeting, before your face-to-face one: You’ll be able to communicate them intelligently when the meeting comes.
  • Many problems that feel overwhelming are suddenly simplified once you write them down.
  •  Simply the act of writing down an explanation will resolve the confusion.

Brainstorming

It encourages people to come up with thoughts and ideas that can, at first, seem a bit crazy. Some of these ideas can be crafted into original, creative solutions to a problem, while others can ...

Brainstorming for problem solving

  • It brings team members' diverse experience into play. It increases the richness of ideas explored, which means that you can often find better solutions.
  • It can help you get buy-in from team members for the solution chosen – after all, they're likely to be more committed to an approach if they were involved in developing it. 
  • It helps team members bond, as they solve problems in a positive, rewarding environment.

Why individual brainstorming might bring better results

  • groups aren't always strict in following the rules of brainstorming, and bad behaviors creep in
  • people pay so much attention to other people that they don't generate ideas of their own – or they forget these ideas while they wait for their turn to speak. 

On your own, you don't have to worry about other people's egos or opinions, and you can be freer and more creative.

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Consider what you consume

Idea generation is fueled by consumption, not creativity.

Creativity is just connecting things. The more things we have to connect, the better our ideas will become.

Consider the...

Output

To get the most value out of what you consume, it helps to have a mode of output: Talk about it, write about it or condense it into a tweet.

Expand your viewpoint

To improve your idea generation, zoom out your perspective to a macro level. 

For example, on a micro-level, a Billy Joel concert may just be a fun way to spend a night. On a macro level, it is packed with ideas about how to connect with an audience.