7 STRATEGIES TO HELP GENERATE CREATIVE IDEAS
When it comes to this topic, there are two kinds of people. One, who’s always with a mindset of doing something creative, and the other(most people are of these kind) who never does anything creative. Apathy is the reason in the second category of people, the who-cares-about-being-creative kind.They don’t have the enthusiasm of doing out-of-box. Well, now or then everyone comes to a point where they have to be creative, when an ambitious boss demands it, or strict class teacher orders it and so many. The following strategies may come handy in situations when you are in soup.
- A lot happens around you, Just watch it
People(mostly the second kind) often when they are idle, they either browse through news feed on Facebook and Instagram, or sleep listening to music. And when they had to be creative, people expect that the best idea to bud instantly in their minds. To much to be expecting by doing so little. Observing the hustle around you is one of the strategy to generate creative ideas. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, you may very well relate to this strategy. The world around will never seize to amaze you, only that you should have an ability to see it through the chaos, and the ideas will come rushing to you like the water the river. This strategy also helps people with creative block.
- Do you have a routine, then break it.
You need an aberrant behaviour to be creative. A routine that you follow daily may hinder the creative ideas to enter your mind. If you are not creative about your routine, how do you expect the ideas to be creative. Do something different daily. Not having the timetable is good. This is kind of brain exercise. Without routine, you have to think of doing something new daily, you can be creative there too.
- Read, Read, Read and after that…. Read some more.
Reading will simulate thinking. With reading, you expand your knowledge about a topic. Increased knowledge therefore helps creating new ideas. With knowledge of what you read, you will know the limitations, problems concerned in that area, and finding solutions creatively may help you. Browse the internet, you will get to know new things, popular ideas that worked out, ideas from which you can make money. The success stories will inspire you enough. The world is full of problems, choose some that interest you and find solutions for them.
- Got an idea?… Write it down.
If you get an idea, though a lame one, record it, because it is important that you get it. And if you are thinking a lot and forget writing down you may, very well, miss the very best idea you got. With writing down all the ideas you got, you will improve your level of thinking. You will understand your level of problem solving and helps you get better with your ideas.
- Breathe it out.. Start fresh.
If you get stuck in creative block, occurs when you are thinking too hard, but never come up with a new idea. You will have to take a break. Stop thinking. Yes, I am right. Stop thinking, give yourself a break. Do something that is totally detached with what your thinking about. Play some music, or listen to songs, watch a movie. This will refresh your brain. Which is very important, as you need a clean mind to get new ideas again.
- Got friends?…. Then discuss.
Socialize with other friends other than your regular ones. Have debates with your friends, group discussions will help you get the different perspective to the problem at hand. One cannot think about something in all perspectives, and this strategy will help you with that. I remember the english lesson in my school where we use hats of different colors to divide the problem among our friends. With every hat you just need to think about the part you are assigned to. Like if you are wearing a green hat, you just need to think about the positives in the solution of problem. With everyone’s input it will get easier to think of an idea to solve it.
- Reverse brainstorming will help generate new ideas.
In reverse brainstorming, instead of thinking about solution, think of how to create that problem in a new way. This will expand your thought process. Creating a problem can be more difficult than solving one. So a good problem creator can be a efficient problem solver.
Reading thriller and mystery novels will help you creative new ideas. Writing stories of your own and including plots and twists is both fun and effective. If you are writing down the ideas somewhere, go through them regularly to see if you can connect any of the ideas together. Prioritize the ideas. You should not only to good at creating ideas, you should also be good at eliminating them. Never start thinking without the complete knowledge of the problem. Half knowledge is worse than having no knowledge at all. If you are not able to decide, explain your ideas to your friends or some professional expertise., they may suggest if it is good or bad. You should be amenable. Be open to suggestions.
A Chinese businessman claims that staying for a while inside the swimming pool will help him get new ideas. How silly is that, but it is true. You may laugh for that, but he is making millions out of it. Many companies go to him for creative marketing strategy ideas.
In the end, it all boils down to the enthusiasm that you have. You should have interest in accomplishing something. Without your interest, no strategy can help you. It resembles a saying “You can take a horse to river, but cannot make it drink water.”