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3 Simple, Regular Practices That Will Help You Come Up With New Ideas

Cross pollination

In a business or creative setting, a monoculture has its own risks, as we habitually turn to the same sources, people and habits for new ideas. Over time, these ideas can take on a similar, predictable taste. 

You can build a cross pollination habit through simple, regular practices.

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Cross pollination

In a business or creative setting, a monoculture has its own risks, as we habitually turn to the same sources, people and habits for new ideas. Over time, these ideas can take on a similar, predictable taste. 

You can build a cross pollination habit through simple, regular practices.

Make a date with yourself

Go on a weekly "artist date", where you feed your inspiration by looking at something artistically nourishing and stimulating.

For example, If you are a writer, you might go for a walk in an arboretum on Monday mornings.

Read about creative lives

Biographies and how-to guides from other fields can be wonderful sources of inspiration.

What might you gain from reading about and emulating the morning routine of a favorite athlete?

Get in touch with your “beginner’s mind”

In disciplines with which we are familiar, we tend to approach our projects with a sense of our approach already established.

Explore novel experiences that require close attention and intensely focused thought.

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