5 steps to come up with 8 ideas in 10 minutes
If you want to come up with ideas, but don’t have any idea just HOW to come up with ideas, here’s a step-by-step process for brainstorming ideas that just may work for you.
I was able to use this to come up with 8 ideas (all of which I will be sharing in the weeks ahead) that I can’t wait to implement. Of course, your mileage may vary, but If you follow these steps, you’re sure to come up with at least a few ideas to work with. And remember, I really want to hear how it works out for you!
Step 1: Choose a goal for your brainstorm
In order to end up with usable ideas, you have to have a purpose, or goal. Make it specific and clear so that you really have soemthing to sink your teeth into. It’s often best to frame it in the form of a question, like; “How can I get a raise?” or “What kind of image should I use for this blog post?”
Step 2: Validate your goal
This only takes a moment or two, but it is essential to a productive brainstorm. For example, you may find, after a bit of analyzation, that “How can I get a raise” may not be the right question, whereas “How can I get more money?” or even “How can I obtain that new car I want?”. If your real goal is to get a new car, then figuring out how to get a raise may actually lock you out of quicker solutions.
Likewise “What kind of image should I use for this blog post?” might be better asked as “What kind of picture would really communicate the message of this post?” Asking yourself a more specific question will result in giving yourself more specific ideas.
By the way, once you have your goal figured out, you might want to write it somewhere so you can refer to it during your brainstorm.
Step 3: Set a timer for 10 minutes.
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Step 4: Start the timer and write down the first idea that comes to mind.
I don’t care if you use paper or computer, just write it down. Be careful not to judge your idea, that comes later. Just capture the idea. Write down as much as you need to to understand it when you review it later, but don’t write any more than that. You only have 10 minutes, and you need to get more ideas down.
The very act of coming up with ANY idea, and writing it down, will cause your brain to start churning out another idea.
Step 5: Write down another idea
Yup! Rinse and repeat! Keep this up for the full 10 minutes. You may find that you are having trouble writing down all your ideas within that timespan, so feel free to run the timer again if you have a good flow going.
And there you have it. A whole handful of ideas that you can now look at and choose one you want to try out. You may have to spend a little time fleshing out the idea to make it into a fully formed project, but you will have a nice basketful of core ideas to work with. One of the nice things about this process is that you will have several backup ideas to choose from if the first one doesn’t work as well as you planned.
Like I said, I came up with 8 ideas, all of them exercises in creativity to be shared on this site. These include:
1. Pictures in a box
2. Blind drawing
3. Dragonfly eyes
And 5 more. And you can bet that I’ll be doing this exercise again to get even more activities.
Please let me know how it works for you, and what you came up with. And don’t forget to leave a comment, even if you don’t end up trying this.
And, as always, thanks for your time.