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Ideas, Ideas, How to Create More Ideas

Updated on March 13, 2017

Train Your Brain to Create More Ideas!

Do you want to create more ideas, do you need more Ideas? Learn great techniques to turn yourself into an Ideas Powerhouse!

Do you need business ideas, ideas for new Squidoo lenses, ideas for parties, ideas for new lyrics, plots for books, money making ideas, artistic ideas, ideas for recipes the list goes on.

This ambitious lens will cover how to get more ideas, how to analyze how you got an idea, how to recognize good ideas and tips and techniques on how to be more creative. Turn yourself into an idea factory!

Could you be just one idea away from success? Find out how to generate your brilliant idea below!

Idea Birds: Why you Must Write Down Your Ideas Immediately

Ideas are like Last Night's Dream

Ideas just seem to spring into your head out of your subconscious but rather like last night's dream they can disappear and be forgotten just as quickly. It is therefore vital to immediately jot them down on paper or in your cell phone notes.

Look sharply after your thoughts, They come unlooked for, like a new bird seen in your trees, and, if you turn to your usual task, disappear. Ralph Waldo Emerson

STOP PRESS : Important Idea Creation Tip

When you get one idea you often get two or three at the same time, write down just a few words for each: don't write down a lot for the first idea as the effort of concentration can easily make the other ideas fly away.

What Are Ideas, Where Do They Come From?

Ideas are connections that you make spontaneously or otherwise as you review in your mind events or problems. Many of your best ideas happen when you are in idle mode. You have to train yourself to recognise an idea and then evaluate whether it is worth pursuing in any case you should write it down.

Everyone has ideas but many people have no confidence that they can make use of of their ideas, thus they never train or discipline themselves to boost there idea generating abilities.

Decide today to focus on how you think, what you think about for the next few days.

Ideas Don't Have to be BIG!

People often think that to have useful ideas they must think of something extraordinary or revolutionary but in fact ideas can be small and simple, a quicker way to work, a way to organise your paperwork, a way to get your work done more efficiently, an attention grabbing title for your new essay or blog posting, a simple gift that would provide pleasure for a friend or relation, a surprise for a colleague, an exciting vacation, a new recipe, a way of using some ingredients that might go stale soon.

All of these can make life a little easier or more pleasant or earn you more money

How Do You Create Ideas?

Have You Ever Really Thought About How You Create Ideas Before?

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The Wonder of Serendipity

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.

So the more you do and learn the more knowledge you have, the more you experience the more you promote the possibility of discovering something.

Learn More About Idea Generation

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius

It's harder than it sounds to create new ideas. We need techniques, methodologies and so. It's annoying how 'obvious' other peoples ideas appear AFTER they've become successful with them. This book is a follow up to Thinker Toys

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

This book examines the psychology of creativity and discounts the idea that there is a quasi-magic process required.


Thinking Out Of The Box

This is an exercise often used by corporates to come up with original ideas for products or services. Participents are invited to turn ideas and current practice upside down until something useful comes up; this is done without fear of ridicule.

What you must try to do is eliminate Blocking Parameters or Limiting Parameters these are unconscious assumptions/prejudices you have when approaching a problem. See the Placing a Dot Exercise where most people will docilely place the dot in the centre.

Placing a Dot Exercise

Group Exercise to Demonstrate Most People's Conformity

Hand out a Piece of Paper containing a square or circle. Casually ask people to place a dot on the paper. Get them all to stand and then ask those (80%) who put the dot in the very center to sit down. Then find out where the rest put their dot, praise those with the most ingenuity, eg someone who put his dot on the other side!!

Use this as a warm up exercise to show your participants how docile they are and how much they are going to have to stretch themselves

Brainstorming with a Paperclip

Exercise for a Seminar (Divergent Thinking)

Divide people up into four groups or so. Allow 5 minutes for each group to list down as many uses of a paperclip as possible.

Ask how many uses were found from each group leader, them write each idea down on a white board ignoring duplicates. Your audience will be surprised how many things were possible with such a common place item. It will also open their eyes to the power of the collective intelligence.

In fact if you repeated the exercise you would come up with even more ideas, showing there is practically no limit to our powers of imagination

How Do You Get Your Ideas? - Ideas Hot House

Some very good ideas on idea creation and idea conservation. I thank you all.

How Do You Get Your Ideas

They just appear

They just appear

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    • Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Looking at a photo, picture, or finding a quiet place to allow free thoughts.

    • lauranlauran 3 years ago


    • Invoiceberry 3 years ago from London

      Creativity is obviously one of the most important character feature in the 21st century. If you have it, you are lucky and you can train it, if not - then sorry ;)

    • Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      One leads to another!

    • thesuccess2 4 years ago

      @Countryluthier: Cl I thank you and here's to great ideas!

    • E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      Here's to incredibly great ideas and many more of them. COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Nature inspires me.

    • TECONET 4 years ago

      I always write about something that I am passionate about:)

    • blackbeltreader 4 years ago

      I always have ideas...and when I don't, usually if I just take break, more ideas come!

    • Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      My best ideas come after I have slept.

    • Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I have great imagination, that served me as a kid, teenager, and adult. The thing is, as you say, that I get caught up with the daily routine, and that kills imagination.

      Whenever I take a break, the ideas start to pop out.

    • Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

      At any time of the night or day ideas just come to mind. If I can write them down at the moment I do. I'm going to try being more consistent in writing them down.

    • thesuccess2 4 years ago

      @homesweethomebi1: Hi

      Yes it is really important to get ideas down on paper quickly, it's so frustrating when an idea flies back out of the window!

    • homesweethomebi1 4 years ago

      A lot of ideas come to me when I am driving. There have been times when I have pulled off the road to write then down.

    • thesuccess2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Good that you write them down immediately. I prefer ideas that I can apply to my life and businesses.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Visualise-sometime ideas come in my dream,but usually lot of ideas appear just before I (want to) close my eyes. I have no other choice but to write them down! However,I have problem how to work on the ideas,after I got it?

    • thesuccess2 4 years ago

      @christineallen: I think we have to decide which ideas are nice to have and which we can practically implement.

    • christineallen 4 years ago

      Going for a walk, at least 30 minutes long, preferably 1 hour. Works every time, and the second half of the walk always takes longer because of stopping to jot ideas down! The problem comes up with acting on them before the realities of everyday life get in the way.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Reading, paying attention to the world around me, music - i get ideas when I am driving and am trying to figure out how to keep them in my head until I can put them in my phone - sometimes I call my home and leave myself a message.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Brainstorming, reading, the internet, friends and just traying. Don't be afraid for mistakes.

    • capulonix 5 years ago

      Getting new ideas is something that I have always found a little challenging. My personal take on myself is that I am all numbers and straight lines - so generating creative and useful ideas generally requires work

    • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Serendipity is my friend. :)

    • unqedomain 5 years ago

      As I read I learn adn ideas come.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i say you are right ......

    • al9166 5 years ago

      Keep on learning new thing that trends in internet because the time you stop learning is the time you stop earning Gold mines ideas :)

    • elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

      I talk to family and friends and brainstorm mainly. I have many ideas... but putting them into reality is the hard part for me.

    • GrimRascal 5 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      They just pop and manifest themselves.

    • JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Ideas just pop into my head ... while working, relaxing, or sleeping. Those that come while I'm sleeping, I try to concentrate on for awhile and hope I remember them when I awaken. Otherwise, I try to write down the ideas right away before I forget them.

    • JimDickens 5 years ago

      Some of the best ones appear from no where while I am thinking about something else. However, sometimes I use techniques to speed up the process

    • WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      They just seem to pop into my head.

    • top-notch-shop 5 years ago

      sleeping on an idea,and writing it on paper when you wake up

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      journaling, waking up in the middle of the night

    • RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Nr. 12: Go to bed and try to sleep. That's when it all happens.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's a paradox, really. When I want to find an idea, it doesn't come and out of the blue, a fantastic idea comes up!

    • daedrea lm 5 years ago

      Since I was probably 13 or so, I started writing down my ideas...Even when I wrote tons of poetry, my idea was to have a poetry book of loves songs before I am 15(I think 15) as the younger you are the more impressed people are which would automatically make them want to buy my book. Oh, well for that dream, but I have never stopped writing my ideas down, making business plans and so on for the future. This is why I wish to get a bachelor's degree in business and major in marketing. It all started when I was less than 13 yrs of age <3

    • Edutopia 5 years ago

      I've trained my brain to use techniques that I no longer need to consciously control to get my new ideas. In the background of my mind I'm constantly trying to synthesize everything that I learn and formulate unique ideas based on that. So to begin with it was techniques but now it is so automatic as far as I'm concerned they just appear.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      everytime my eyes are open ideas goes through my mind

    • sherridan 5 years ago

      They say there is no such thing as a new idea, they are all recycled or developed old ones - rings true to me, bbut then I do not see myself as creative!

    • JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      Most ideas just pop up to my head, but at occasions I also use few techniques I developed over the time.

    • wolfie10 5 years ago

      i think it is a bit of both for me

    • fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      i spend alot of time in car with the radio on so i have plenty of time to think.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      When I'm between researching and learning, but more when I'm quietly doing nothing! I need to always have my notebook handy, to right down all the good ideas that suddenly come up in my mind :)

    • Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      When I'm in the research and learning mode, ideas come from EVERYWHERE!

    • beadbait 5 years ago

      I feel like checking into something, or something strikes my eye ...and off I go.

    • questionman 5 years ago

      The more I read and listen to wise people, the better ideas come ...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      need to either focus on a topic or take a walk. I guess I should have click on the technique button.

    • makeupbrush 5 years ago

      When you don't force it. Take a look of the people and things around you. When I see a potential idea, I write it down and research about it. I also try to talk to people who are from a different background than I do - a change of perspective may help.

    • satewas 5 years ago

      They just pop into my head usually at the worse times

    • Morgannafay 5 years ago

      I think both. I get my ideas from dreams, analyzing problems and subjects, sometimes analyzing thoughts. blindly doodling gives me a lot of ideas too. I would say after giving it some thought that my ideas come 50/50 through technique and chance.

    • cdevries 5 years ago

      Often they just pop into my head... but I'm ready for them, because I "What if?" constantly about almost anything. But when they don't, I use brainstorming some and doodling and bubble diagrams...

    • TheHappinessManual 5 years ago

      I let my ideas grow like a snowball because I don't define them as having an end goal. Most of the things I do in life I can trace back to being inspired by small things I saw or heard. One such goal (blogging) has evolved from small explorations for over a year now.

    • Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      My ideas come out of the blue, often at night. I have to write them down as quickly as possible before they are gone. Sometimes I am amazed when I come back later and rediscover just how good some of them are.

      As I say in my Bio, "I'm all about ideas!"

    • agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Since they just appear over 80% of the time this is the one I chose. I do find that they appear more when I am distracted so maybe that is a technique.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      When I think for any solution then I used to get different ways of ideas..

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    • roxyv816 6 years ago

      I usually get my ideas when I roll out of bed and have a clear mind.

    • JoshK47 6 years ago

      They tend to just pop into my head, not sure where they come from!

    • ChrisDiamond 6 years ago

      had to "like +1" on this one, just couldn't help it :-) Great lens!

      Our mind is the biggest asset, if used properly, but also our biggest liability if it is misused.

    • soniya09 6 years ago

      when i thinks of ways to break monotony, i am able to come up with new ideas.

    • Jonathan Jenkins 6 years ago

      Ideas come when I'm doing something mundane, like washing, shaving, or showering!

    • Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I have better success when I don't try to think about it too much. Just have to make sure I get it down on paper or wordpad or something before it escapes. Quickly in, quickly out.....yikes!

    • bolillie 6 years ago

      My best ideas come when I'm in the shower, doing household chores, driving, or working with my hands.

    • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Often, when I am reading something I really enjoy.

    • HighMaintenanceFarmWife 6 years ago

      Usually they just pop into my head but I'm going to try some of these techniques.

    • E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      I keep my office quiet most of the time. Ideas then appear more easily without competition for "front of the mind" time.

    • ssuthep 6 years ago

      I get inspired while reading, thinking and examining other related ideas. I try to improve on the ideas I just discovered.

    • Lisa_Maria 6 years ago

      Usually when I'm thinking of anything but getting ideas. Like when I'm cooking, or just day dreaming. Or the one that is a tad frustrating, is when I get all comfy in bed, just about to drift off to sleep and then PING, it comes and I have to get my phone and write a pile of notes on it.

      Ideas are good, I love inspiration.

    • kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Take a walk, or go for a drive.

    • John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I don't think I have been very structured at all the search for new ideas in the past. this is going to have to change

    • Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Ideas mainly come as tangential thoughts.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I get my ideas by looking back to see how I always did a certain task or played a certain game,then I began to question why I didn't do it another way.

    • thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Yes listening to other people is stimulating, in fact I've created ideas when I've actually usefully *misunderstood* what the point they were trying to make!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I seem to get my best ideas by listening to other people especially in conservatiosn

    • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Self-inquiry- an endless Source -:)

    • Shakamon 6 years ago

      For me ideas have always been easy. For me the problem is turning them off.

    • GospelSmith 6 years ago

      Secular version: I get my mind off the need/problem do anything else, and ideas just show up. Faith-based version: I soak in God's presence, lying in bed while playing restful worship music, and I meditate on His goodness. This is where I get my best ideas. So if I use techniques, these are the ones I use. Otherwise, they just appear.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I get stunning ideas while doing routine chores, keep them locked in my memory. Come back to my desk and put them on paper.

    • awesomeamber 6 years ago

      i write them down

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I brainstorm with a notebook. And usually get rid of 90% of what I come up with.

    • SusansZooCrew 6 years ago

      When Driving a lot...........

    • Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      At night, when I should be sleeping.

    • Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      No matter what it is, even if I am in the car. I make a note of that thought, an example was I saw a woman wearing a lovely jacket, so warm and cozy, I wrote it down, and researched online, wrote an article on Squidoo about it and it was the first lens to get triple figure visits!

    • MarkDykeman 7 years ago

      I build upon my thoughts, explore connections, and see where they lead.

    • editionh 7 years ago

      Most and best ideas I get doing sketchercise = walks in the landscape and sketching.

      Concentrating on drawing activates other parts of the brain, in the best case I will get into a flow without any thinking/internal dialog just writing down what I see. After that on the walk home I feel totally refresehd and have many ideas.

      Typaclly a sequence is 45minutes walk, 45 minutes drawing, 45 minutes walk.

      Second place for ideas are art book shops. While browsing through books I often get totally unrelated ideas for my own projects.

      Third place: a relaxed meal and talk with somebody, This is sometimes a bit embarrasing as I have to make a note immediately and my counterpart might think I am absent minded.

      Last year I had the idea for a notebook to organise my notes better. I have created a lens about the concept which is free for use and changes to everybody. It is not life yet the link is:

    • Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Many times when I am doing something which only require physical effort I find my mind will try to think of ways to do it better. It is when I am relaxed that the creative juices come more easily. So if I am in the middle of a project, just stepping back for a while helps greatly.

    • Patricia 7 years ago

      mostly through serendipitous events I would say

    • thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Hi Scrapbook-Events, I think it's much harder to invent a physical device/widget/gadget than create an idea or a technique. In fact this blocked me for a long time thinking of inventions with associated problems of patents and manufacturing (a good lens subject for someone?) . No ideas can be tiny improvements to things you already control. You must be always seeking ideas for your scrapbooks, I guess you carry a notebook. You suddenly think of a new material you can use, or a novel way of transforming/improving something, adding a "twist" to something that makes it more interesting. Become aware of that ideas process and then boost it!

    • Scrapbook-Events 7 years ago

      Many times I will be working on something and I think.... Man I wish there were an easier way to do this... Then I will think of an easier way to get the job or activity done by creating widget xxxxx. The problem is, I never do anything with the idea. I have some great ideas or at least I think they are great. I just don't know what to do in order to make my idea take off.

    I use Techniques

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I will do a free writing.

      • wish4art 3 years ago

        I write down my dreams, I observe what is going around me and sketch what I see.

      • adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

        In the car, on a walk, usually in the in between times.

      • pepys 4 years ago

        They usually start after meditating, but some just appear as if from nothing. In the shower, just before I fall asleep - so the answer is both, but I will go with techniques.

      • Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

        Contemplating whilst viewing my environment.

      • geosum 4 years ago

        I jot everything down. Some pan out.

      • thesuccess2 4 years ago

        @PeterStip: Yes with good keywords

      • PeterStip 4 years ago

        by using google image and use the images shown as a starting point for combining ideas into new ideas.

      • thesuccess2 4 years ago

        @Frischy: Anything that works is good!

      • Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        I read a lot and talk to myself, then they just appear. Is this a technique? Maybe!

      • thesuccess2 4 years ago

        @HowToStartAnOnl: That's always a good idea surprising sometimes how long it takes for a new idea/product to travel.

      • HowToStartAnOnl 4 years ago

        I look at what is popular abroad and than adapt it to my local audience.

      • mimarlou 4 years ago

        in the shower....

      • thesuccess2 4 years ago

        @Freestuffer LM: There are unlimited ideas out there; sometimes when you feel devoid of any ideas that's the best time. So do some research then go into a place with no distractions with a pencil and a sheet of paper ....

      • Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

        Ideas isn't that easy, sometimes you really run out of ideas. What I do is think and then research to gather more ideas. :D

      • RoadMonkey 4 years ago

        Read a lot around the area, then relax, go for a wak, do something physical, such as ironing and it's surprising just what ideas pop up into consciusness

      • DMVAgent 5 years ago

        I use techniques. And the best technique I have is to write down whatever good comes in mind wherever I am. :)

      • IrisHoppenbrouw 5 years ago

        When I'm less creative than usual, I first look for what and how I want to do something (or what I want to achieve). Whilst pondering about a method, I generate dozens of ideas which I can apply that method for.

      • getmoreinfo 5 years ago

        I write down my ideas that come from the things I read or see in my environment.

      • PristeamDetail LM 5 years ago

        I write about things I found very interesting and that can provide value to other readers

      • randomthings lm 5 years ago

        I lay very quietly and just let my mind roam. Pretty soon ideas come popping through and then i write them down quickly.

      • crazy anna 5 years ago

        I brainstorm and just write everything that I tyhink I could make a lens out of, no matter how narrow or silly it seems at first

      • MyKryptoKnight 5 years ago

        I usually just sit down and brainstorm, either just in my head or with a piece of paper and a pencil...

      • Petar 5 years ago

        I get a lot of ideas, just about every day to be honest. The best ideas in my opinion are those that solve problems. The simpler the solution and the more aggravating the problem, the better the idea. I want to say that my ideas "just appear" but I know there is more to it, they just appear because of years of careful observation... so it's almost like using a "technique" but after a prolonged period of time, it seems automatic.

      • wendybrausch 5 years ago

        Meditating helps me come up with ideas - once you manage to quieten your head it's amazing what pops in there

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        A valuable catalyst for our family in creating ideas is in using the 'Trivium'. These three roads to learning cover the

        1. knowledge stage.

        2. understanding stage

        3. practice stage

        All through out history the royal families have also used this method.

      • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        I have so many ideas I need certain techniques to stop them coming. My problem is realization.

      • SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

        Write without any real purpose and just see what comes out. I also go for a long walk. That helps. Mostly I scribble on a large whiteboard.

      • ionee251 5 years ago

        I have two Techniques, uncontrollable and addicting techniques...

        First one is writing on word prompt, ideas are mostly based from past experiences. This one is addicting, you can find lots of them online, I saw one here on Squidoo, then I can't help it and search for more, having them printed.

        And the second one is creating imaginary characters having conversations with each other..where I'm not involved, really can't help doing these, it happens the moment I wake up in the morning till I get to sleep, and whatever I'm doing..There are so many characters involve. Now this one is uncontrollable, I'm using this one to solve some problems, but it looks like it is becoming a problem. Oh my!

      • grantpros 5 years ago

        Lots of self-teaching! I live my life on the internet. I've taught myself everything from sales and marketing to the necessary steps to incorporating my business to knitting! The possibilities are limitless!

      • WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

        Actually it is both, the clencher is whether I write it down right away or not. You know those "Million Dollar Ideas" that are so fantastic that you assume you would never forget them....?

        *I wrote a couple blog posts on how to help stimulate your mind for ideas:


      • SCIENTIFIC_SCIENTIST 5 years ago

        that speak with your brain daily,,.,

        its true.,,,,.,.,.,.,.

      • nikosgr 5 years ago

        When i search on the net and when i read self improvement books!!!

      • kworld 5 years ago

        Write down, research, share, get feedback, gauge feedback and if positive or even negative (because some negative feedback is based on ignorance of the topic, yet people will still share an opinion when they do not know anything about the topic), deliver to your respective audience...

      • therabill 5 years ago

        I listen to people. I try to find where people are having difficulties in life or work. The most helpful ideas come from listening to other peoples problems and thinking of solutions.

      • AmyTK9 5 years ago

        I guess mine could go under just appearing or techniques. I get most of my ideas when I'm trying to go to sleep at night, reading stuff on the internet, reading a book, or driving / riding in a car. Thanks for the great lens!

      • godinhora 6 years ago

        In the shower, I've trained my self to frame a problem in my mind just before i fall asleep, next morning in the shower Eureka!

      • MagpieNest 6 years ago

        Over the years I've found that the best approach for me is to thoroughly research a topic and then stop thinking about it. My subconscious has enough to go on and ideas appear when I'm doing something else.

      • Anime-e 6 years ago

        I really want to learn more about this because good ideas makes or breaks your success

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        The best ideas do not come from just one person...but from social interaction...learning from each other!

      • editionh 6 years ago

        I use certain techniques to get into the right mood for ideas. Also I use a professional brainstorming method to develop initial ideas further. I keep a logbook of all ideas. Usually ideas come not at the "right" or wanted moment. Only very few ideas come at the office desk, but somewhere else in relaxed situations.

        I cannot force ideas but I can allow them to come and prepare favourable conditions. For me it is walking and visiting art book stores,reading books and using my sketchbooks.

      • JanDirk 6 years ago from Cape Town

        I start my morning saying I have a idea and just let the ideas start forming in my head while I'm reading Squidoo lenses or a book. My ideas also come from writing random words on paper.

      • GospelSmith 6 years ago

        Ideas just appear for me, but I'm not satisfied with that. To add to the pile, I like to soak in God's presence -- ask God for wisdom, lie still in bed or in a reclining chair and play soft worship music, focus my attention on Jesus, and watch/listen for a flow of ideas.

      • DaveHiggsVis 6 years ago

        They just appear, but I use techniques to notice them.

      • daxramadani 6 years ago

        A bit hard for me not to get ideas through a framework

      • Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

        I get my ideas by sitting under the stars late at night in the cold and my brain just flows!

      • yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

        They come unexspected ...but after being prepared... when i hear binaureal music mind gets very open...and I use EKS-Technique

      • TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

        Usually I can make a new suggestion or point out a new direction, out of an idea that did not work.

      • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

        Clustering! That is what it is!

      • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

        Charting and making graphs helps

      • Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

        I don't know if this is a technique per se, but I get some of my best ideas while hiking/walking/backpacking. Something about the movement and being outdoors is really inspiring for me. I usually have a small notepad and pen easily accessible when I'm hiking, just in case I really need to write something down.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Often when I'm working on one idea, other ideas come popping along. Other times I may be talking to someone and something they may say plants idea seeds.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Universal Consciousness. Intuition. Perseverance of thought.

      • CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

        I walk around using my minds eye visualising different places, shops, and even the home and garden. I'm ultimately looking for those niche micro ideas that in amongst all the every day stuff. Plus reading peoples autobiographies often leads me to a niche idea within their mainstream success methods.

      • lankanwriter 6 years ago

        Mostly they just pop up and after reading this I now know the importance of jotting them down.

      • thepak 6 years ago

        Most times, they just happen. I am usually relaxed i think. If i stay focused on something, i guess that usually pays off eventually but there is a lot more work with that process ! I kinda like the osmosis thing, where one thing leads to another. I never know where that will go, but the excitement of it keeps me interested at least, and if i keep going, something usually comes up. The #1 thing i realize now, is i GOTTA WRITE them down ! ( not yelling)

        Gotta go, just got an idea ! :o) ttyl

        btw, under Your choice: i see nothing? but i picked the second dot anyway.

      • myraggededge 7 years ago

        They come from outside my head.

      • stevenho128 7 years ago

        Taking a hot shower sometimes works to get me in the creative mode. conversely taking a cold shower will improve your memory retention of what you just learnt. Cheers

      • Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

        They come at me from every direction! I see them in the newspaper, in magazines, on television, in conversations with friends.

      • Kapalbility 7 years ago

        They just pop out anywhere. And I mean anywhere. Even at the gym. That's why I always carry my handy dandy notebook! We just fired out Blue's Clues!

      • Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

        By thinking sideways/laterally. It helps to shake things up and look at things from all perspectives. It was a pretty useful technique that I learned when I was in the ad industry!

      Divergent and Convergent Thinking

      Divergent thinking is a thought process or method, which is usually applied with the goal of generating ideas. It is often used for creative and problem solving purposes in conjunction with Convergent thinking.

      Convergent Thinking, in which the person is good at bringing material from a variety of sources to bear on a problem, in such a way as to produce the "correct" answer. This kind of thinking is particularly appropriate in science, maths and technology.

      Divergent Thinking is inspired by creative elaboration of ideas prompted by a stimulus, and is more suited to artistic pursuits and study in the humanities. Eg the Paperclip Exercise described elsewhere.

      A very creative person might combine both convergent and divergent thinking to generate a completely original idea.


      SCAMPER is a checklist that helps you to think of changes you can make to an existing product to create a new one. You can use these changes either as direct suggestions or as starting points for lateral thinking.

      • S - Substitute - components, materials, people

      • C - Combine - mix, combine with other assemblies or services, integrate

      • A - Adapt - alter, change function, use part of another element

      • M - Modify - increase or reduce in scale, change shape, modify attributes (e.g. colour)

      • P - Put to another use

      • E - Eliminate - remove elements, simplify, reduce to core functionality

      • R - Reverse - turn inside out or upside down

      Lateral Thinking : Edward De Bono

      Edward de Bono is popularly known for his lateral thinking puzzles, the solution of these problems require you to avoid making normal assumptions and to think out of the box. (Simple one A boy is rushed into A&E. The surgeon takes one look at the boy, and exclaims, "I can’t operate on him; he’s my son!" The surgeon is not the boy’s father. How can this be?)

      De Bono has detailed a range of 'deliberate thinking methods' - applications emphasizing thinking as a deliberate act rather than a reactive one. His writing style has been lauded for being simple and practical. Avoiding academic terminology, he has advanced applied psychology by making theories about creativity and perception into usable tools.

      De Bono's work has become particularly popular in the sphere of business - perhaps because of the perceived need to restructure corporations, to allow more flexible working practices and to innovate in products and services. The methods have migrated into corporate training courses designed to help employees and executives think outside the box. (quote Wikipedia)

      Tracking how you Create Ideas/ Exposure

      Ideas often appear to arrive fully formed in your consciousness. It can be useful to spend some time tracking down where the seed of the idea came from. Often they originate in some banal event, a meeting, an overheard remark, a newspaper article.

      It is said that your weaker links are more important in this case than your stronger links. Stronger links are say colleagues you see frequently who can become a shield protecting you from the world. Weaker links are people who you see rarely but when you do see them are thus more likely to reveal unexpected information.

      Exposure to unexpected or challenging situations is thus important for idea creation, you should seek out situations which challenge you or are outside your comfort zone, or out of character , do anything and everything to add to the cocktail of experiences that contribute to your life.

      Example:- You go on vacation on your own in a foreign country although this will be uncomfortable you will likely be forced to meet new people make new connections go off on unexpected tangents.

      The Elusive Obvious

      The idea here is to look at things philosophically. Try to notice the unseen, get thru the obvious shell and look into the REAL thing.

      The trick is to spot something is so obvious that no one has ever noticed it before

      Seeing the ellusive obvious is like getting a new pair of glasses. Because every new idea that becomes a part of you, every new reality you discover makes you see the world in a new way.

      Sharing and Fertilizing Your Ideas

      Don't be scared to share your ideas with other people that way you can get useful feedback. While you have to avoid being discouraged by the inevitable negativity that you will get even from friends you should be discerning enough to take on criticism which points out valid problems with your idea. If you feel reluctant to share an idea it may be a sign that you inner doubts yourself

      Affinity Diagrams

      Organizing Ideas Into Common Themes

      Also called the KJ method, after its developer Kawakita Jiro (a Japanese anthropologist) an affinity diagram helps to synthesize large amounts of data by finding relationships between ideas. The information is then gradually structured from the bottom up into meaningful groups. From there you can clearly "see" what you have, and then begin your analysis or come to a decision.

      Affinity diagrams can be used to:

      * Draw out common themes from a large amount of information.

      * Discover previously unseen connections between various ideas or information.

      * Brainstorm root causes and solutions to a problem.

      Because many decision-making exercises begin with brainstorming, this is one of the most common applications of affinity diagrams. After a brainstorming session there are usually pages of ideas. These won't have been censored or edited in any way, many of them will be very similar, and many will also be closely related to others in a variety of ways. What an affinity diagram does is start to group the ideas into themes.

      From the chaos of the randomly generated ideas comes an insight into the common threads that link groups of them together. From there the solution or best idea often emerges quite naturally. This is why affinity diagrams are so powerful and why the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers consider them one of the "seven management tools."

      Million Dollar Ideas

      Well I haven't had one yet so this section is rather empty! Here are some jokey ones

      Create a line of address books, cell phones, wallets and purses that, like cordless telephones, beep when they're lost.

      Mobile Gym for rent to Movie Stars or Popstars on Tour

      Brain Foods for Idea Creation

      Chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance. Let's qualify that, Dark Chocolate, Green Tea and MODERATE wine drinking can enhance cognitive performance according to tests run by Oxford Universiry Researchers.

      The role of micronutrients in age-related cognitive decline is being increasingly studied. Fruits and beverages such as tea, red wine, cocoa, and coffee are major dietary sources of polyphenols, micronutrients found in plant-derived foods. The largest subclass of dietary polyphenols is flavonoids, and it has been reported in the past that those who consume lots of flavonoids have a lower incidence of dementia.

      Idea Creation Formula - The components that make up your creative ability

      All the things and experiences that make you up the cocktail that is you and makes you unique.

      So the Formula is

      Chance of Creativity= Past Experiences+Environment+Education+Study+Previous Successes+Previous Failures+Career+Imagination+Time Spent Reflecting+Hobbies+Interests+Stimulating Friends/Colleagues+Exposure to New Situations+Previous Exposure to Challenging environments+Open Mindedness+Analytical Capacity

      • Your Formal Education Formal and your Continuing Self-Education
      • Your country, culture, religion
      • Your jobs , employment, profession
      • Your hobbies, interests, sports
      • What you've read
      • Your friends and colleagues
      • General Open Mindedness, Lack of Prejudice
      • Your Curiosity

      The Importance of Weak Associations or Links in Idea Creation

      Your social circle, family, work colleagues are your strong links these are people you see frequently, the danger is however that can become a barrier between you and new experiences. Weak links are say an old school friend you happen to bump into at a conference or on a flight.

      Weak ties can provide you with information that you might otherwise not have come in contact with, something our closest associates, who share very similar experiences, cannot do. Why does this happen? well the Weak Link can help you see perspective, offer unexpected advice, criticism, or suggest people you might contact. They might have succeeded, failed, dropped out, changed religion in some way or other they might surprise challenge you, things your strong links rarely do. They might embarrass you by asking if you've achieved your dreams.

      So why not phone or email an old colleague now?


      Thinkertoys is the best single collection of quick creative thinking exercises that I've found in a single book, ever. It's not a be-all end-all compendium of these exercises, but many very good ones are in the book, including a few great ones that I knew before reading it and several more that I added to my repertoire after reading it.

      The book gives you several methodologies (ThinkerToys) where you can map or draw out ways of analysing a problem or concept or proposal in order to create new ideas.

      Unusually for Creative Thinking Books it's very readable and easy to digest, you don't even need to read it any particular order.

      How to Set Up a Create or Brainstorming Session for a Group

      You need an initial formal structure to get the meeting going, breakdown resistance and prejudices. You'll find once things get going the session will run itself, but without that initial structure there is a great danger that the meeting will stall.

      1. Start with a "fun" creative exercise for example the "Uses of a Paperclip" Exercise
      2. Divide your group up, either deliberately into natural groups eg male, female, department etc or do the opposite mixed groups.
      3. Give each group an identifying funny hat or badge. Try to be creative and or provocative with each group's name/badge/hat (break the ice)
      4. Now do 10 minutes or so theory, breaking down a problem, moving elements about, challenging assumptions, etc
      5. Now move on to the main brain storming session once again have prepared hand outs, give each other the same task and then see get them to compare solutions and ideas or give them each a part of the problem.
      6. Monitor the groups, provide a few hints where necessary, after a few hesitant steps the group will take over and your presence will happily be superfluous!

      Props/Equipment for a Creative Brainstorming Session

      Remember the Props help provide structure and help break the ice

      1. Flipcharts, one for each group
      2. Different Colored Post-It Notes, Markers. Get Everyone to write an idea on a post-it note stick them on to a board then move them about and mix them
      3. New Toilet Paper Rolls, get the groups to write an idea/proposal on these, then make a pyramid. Then (importantly) get them to rearrange the pyramid to better structure/mix up the ideas. (Another great icebreaker)
      4. Whiteboards with markers

      Rules for a Brainstorming Session - from

      • Rule 1: Postpone and withhold your judgment of ideas
      • Rule 2: Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas
      • Rule 3: Quantity counts at this stage, not quality
      • Rule 4: Build on the ideas put forward by others
      • Rule 5: Every person and every idea has equal worth

      Note Taking, List Making, De-Briefing - How to Capture Ideas, Knowledge and Learning

      Stimulating your Creative Juices

      • During Pauses, Coffee Breaks, Make a list of everything you need to do, ideas you've had
      • Debriefing Yourself : When ever your return from a talk, meeting, exhibition or whatever debrief yourself note down what you learnt, promised, proposed, ideas had while your memory is still fresh (VITAL)
      • Become a compulsive Note Taker. Note taking is a vital part of analysing what you've just heard and at the same time fixing it or memorising it

      Kipling Technique

      Rudyard Kipling used a set of questions to help trigger ideas and solve problems and immortalized them in the poem:

      I have six honest serving men

      They taught me all I knew

      I call them What and Where and When

      And How and Why and Who

      * What is the problem? My suitcase is too heavy

      * Where is it happening? At the airport

      * When is it happening? In the evening, coming back from France

      * Why is it happening? Because I have bought wine

      * How can you overcome this problem? Get the wine shipped

      * Who do you need to get involved? Winery will do it for me

      * When will you know you have solved the problem? When it arrives at home

      Crawford's Slip Writing Method/ Group Brainstorming

      (photocopy the slips beforehand)

      Invented in the 1920s by Dr. C. Crawford, Professor at the University of Southern California, the method simply involves collating input from people on slips of paper

      The benefit of using this type of group brainstorming is not only in the variety of ideas and solutions that can be triggered: It also helps people get involved and feel that their contributions are valued. Writing rather than speaking during the group brainstorming can have added advantages: It allows individuals' thoughts to flow freely on to paper without interruption, and it can also level the playing field between quieter and more outspoken participants, allowing people to contribute equally.

      There are two techniques one idea per slip, or a grid with room for several.

      This can be done in teams, with an elected team captain collating ideas.

      You can then have a showdown between teams.

      Catalog all ideas and then email then to all participants

      The Back of the Napkin - So many projects, products and businesses start off this way!

      The premise behind Roam's book is simple: anybody with a pen and a scrap of paper can use visual thinking to work through complex business ideas. Management consultant and lecturer Roam begins with a watershed moment: asked, at the last minute, to give a talk to top government officials, he sketched a diagram on a napkin. The clarity and power of that image allowed him to communicate directly with his audience. From this starting point, Roam has developed a remarkably comprehensive system of ideas. Everything in the book is broken down into steps, providing the reader with tools and rules to facilitate picture making. There are the four steps of visual thinking, the six ways of seeing and the SQVID– a clumsy acronym for a full brain visual work out designed to focus ideas. Roam occasionally over complicates; nonetheless, for forward-thinking management types, there is enough content in these pages to drive many a brainstorming session

      Have you taken part in a Brainstorming Session Poll

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      Idea Creation Strategy - Produce more ideas

      The more ideas you produce, the more likely you will find high-quality ones.

      Here are several ways to produce more ideas:

      1. Capture all ideas : A basic way to increase the quantity of ideas is simply to avoid losing ideas. Don’t let an idea slip by once it comes to you. Whenever you get an idea, capture it as soon as possible. Write it down or record it. Always carry a notebook.
      2. Don’t filter your ideas : By definition, filtering your ideas will reduce the number of ideas you have. Even if an idea doesn’t look good, let it sit for now. Later you might see it from a different perspective which shows the usefulness of the idea. If it doesn’t, you can always trash it later.
      3. Find more ideas than you need : If you need five ideas, find ten. If you need ten ideas, find twenty. Finding more ideas than you need is good because you can then choose the best out of them.
      4. Produce ideas consistently : Keep producing ideas regardless of your mood. If you are a blogger, keep writing posts. If you are a designer, keep creating new designs. If you are a programmer, keep writing codes. Allocate time for it and make it a habit.
      5. Use Free Writing : In free time create lists, just write something, debrief what you've just done, prepare for what you going to do
      6. Create an Expectancy/Excitement about the Ideas you are soon to create:

      Left Brain - Right Brain


      Uses feeling

      "big picture" oriented

      imagination rules

      symbols and images

      present and future

      philosophy & religion

      can "get it" (i.e. meaning)



      spatial perception

      knows object function

      fantasy based

      presents possibilities


      risk taking


      uses logic

      detail oriented

      facts rule

      words and language

      present and past

      math and science

      can comprehend



      order/pattern perception

      knows object name

      reality based

      forms strategies



      The Wonder of Free Time for Idea Creation

      I was on the train and got my notepad out and started jotting down notes but nothing came. Finally had my first idea, second idea then came an idea rush I was in the Idea Zone. This is how idea generation seems to work so don't get immediately frustrated.

      How Many Ideas Are There?

      How Many Lightbulb or Eureka Moments?

      There are an infinite number of ideas waiting to be thought of, there always will be. In garages and bedrooms the new Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are already working on products and ideas which will revolutionize the future.

      "Everything that can be invented - has already been invented" Attributed to Charles Duell, Commissioner of the United States Patent Office, 1899

      "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible," ... Lord Kelvin, President Royal Society, 1895

      Some people attribute ideas and creativity to some universal or supernatural force, whatever the truth I know that I can improve my idea productivity by personal brainstorming by positive thinking and by expectancy.

      Edward de Bono Six Thinking Hats

      There are six metaphorical hats and the thinker can put on or take off one of these hats to indicate the type of thinking being used. This putting on and taking off is essential. The hats must never be used to categorize individuals, even though their behavior may seem to invite this. When done in group, everybody wear the same hat at the same time.

      White Hat thinking

      This covers facts, figures, information needs and gaps. "I think we need some white hat thinking at this point..." means Let's drop the arguments and proposals, and look at the data base."

      Red Hat thinking

      This covers intuition, feelings and emotions. The red hat allows the thinker to put forward an intuition without any ned to justify it. "Putting on my red hat, I think this is a terrible proposal." Usually feelings and intuition can only be introduced into a discussion if they are supported by logic. Usually the feeling is genuine but the logic is spurious.The red hat gives full permission to a thinker to put forward his or her feelings on the subject at the moment.

      Black Hat thinking

      This is the hat of judgment and caution. It is a most valuable hat. It is not in any sense an inferior or negative hat. The rior or negative hat. The black hat is used to point out why a suggestion does not fit the facts, the available experience, the system in use, or the policy that is being followed. The black hat must always be logical.

      Yellow Hat thinking

      This is the logical positive. Why something will work and why it will offer benefits. It can be used in looking forward to the results of some proposed action, but can also be used to find something of value in what has already happened.

      Green Hat thinking

      This is the hat of creativity, alternatives, proposals, what is interesting, provocations and changes.

      Blue Hat thinking

      This is the overview or process control hat. It looks not at the subject itself but at the 'thinking' about the subject. "Putting on my blue hat, I feel we should do some more green hat thinking at this point." In technical terms, the blue hat is concerned with meta-cognition.

      Offline Places to Find Ideas

      • Newsagents : Check what magazines are being sold, what are the headlines
      • Libraries : Check the recently returned books shelves
      • Libraries : Check the recently bought books shelves
      • People: Listen to people in lines, the coffee bar, what are moaning about
      • Avoid Newspapers: Too much gloom, negativity, confirming what you already know

      Contention : There is Always an Workaround or Solution to any Problem - Given time and effort there is always a tactic

      You must brainstorm with the assumption that there is a solution (vital)

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      Creating More Ideas in a Nutshell

      • Ideas in your head are useless, get them written down as quickly as possible, keep a log/diary
      • Expose yourself to new experiences, try new things, experiment
      • Become conscious of when and how an Idea pops into your head
      • Use odd spare time to jot down to do lists, this will stimulate idea creation
      • Look forward to the Ideas you are going to have!

      Creativity Exercises - Boost Your Observation Skills

      • Play Sherlock Holmes: Discretely choose one passer by and try and guess as much about that person as possible
      • Look at what people have put in their Supermarket Trolley and then try guess their life style

      Best Environment for Brainstorming Ideas

      Well trains work best for me, there is a going places optimism about them. When I try my cafe I'm not always in a good enough mood.

      So mood and ambiance play a role. That's why professional brainstormers often go to a nice hotel.

      Sherlock Holmes used to go to concert when he had a difficult case to solve, much to Watson's consternation who thought that he wasn't taking things seriously.

      Idea and Creativity Quotes - Idea Tips

      • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.John Steinbeck
      • When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next. Dolly Parton

      Ted Talks on Youtube

      Ideas Worth Spreading

      TED which means Technology, Entertainment, Design is a worldwide set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading". There is a lot of good stuff from some of the most creative and successful people in the world -- and it's free! There are over 1550 Talks available.

      You can increase your idea generation ability by having your idea radar switched on all the time. You can certainly teach yourself to recognize and classify the ideas you create. You can start an idea diary.

      Now that I am actively monitoring my own Idea Creation Process I am finding that what I had thought had come out of no-where actually originated from a specific event or stimulus. Once the germ of the idea had been subconsciously sown days weeks or months might pass before the idea apparently just popped out.

      If I have made you more aware of your own idea creation process then I am happy.

      Become Excited About your Idea Creation Ability

      Your Creativity Techniques or Tips - Become aware of your own Idea Creation Process

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          thesuccess2 3 years ago

          @GhillieTheKid: GTK the subject fascinates me as well, I'm currently listening to the TED Talks on YouTube lots of inspiration & ideas there!

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          GhillieTheKid 3 years ago

          As someone who is very interested in neuroscience and accelerated learning, I can really appreciate your work on this lens.

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          Susan Caplan McCarthy 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

          Thank you for the extensive list of techniques. This is a great resource to refer back to.

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          tammywilliams09 4 years ago

          Excellent lens! I will definitely re-read so that I can learn the techniques. I also added the books to my reading list. Thanks.

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          adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

          holy. bucket. thorough. I've bookmarked your lens. Great resource material here.

          I love the Kipling questions:)

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          pepys 4 years ago

          What a great choice of a lens, and very good to.

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          chocochipchip 4 years ago

          Thank you so much! This lens is very inspiring

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          enrich-self-study 4 years ago

          Great lens to sink one's teeth into!

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          thesuccess2 4 years ago

          @laurenrich: That's the goal of this page, to make people respect, appreciate and yes get excited about their idea creating, it can be just a little bit magical.

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          laurenrich 4 years ago

          I am very excited about my ability to create ideas. This is a great lens and very informative. Thanks

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          thesuccess2 4 years ago

          @LaughingLady LM: LL, We can never know enough, I keep learning keep picking up tips.

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          Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

          This is a great lens! I thought I knew a bit about creativity and idea generation, but I learned a lot! Thanks!!

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          thesuccess2 4 years ago

          @ArdivJauhari: Exactly!

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          homesweethomebi1 4 years ago

          Absolutely great lens! I really enjoyed reading it.

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          ArdivJauhari 4 years ago

          Ideas often translate into money when implemented correctly, wish more people would realize that, love your post!

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          christineallen 4 years ago

          Brilliant lens, thanks for the mental stimulation. I'll be back.

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          John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

          I have visited before but there is so much to take in. I shall no doubt be back and make use of many of these ideas to find out which works for me. Blessed

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you for all this useful information - Blessed.

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          RoadMonkey 4 years ago

          Great set of ideas.

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          Srena44 4 years ago

          greaat lens

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          DonnaMarie2 5 years ago

          Fantastic! I've got to bookmark this!

          Thanks for sharing this wealth of information, I'm sure I will be referring back to it time, and time, again.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hundreds of thanks, very practicle; again thanks.

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          NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago

          "Ideas are like Last Night's Dream" - Loved this statement... Very True!

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          PristeamDetail LM 5 years ago

          Thank you for the quality content here!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          This is such a nice page, I'd love to stumble to more pages like this!

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          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

          This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for taking the time to put all of these suggestions and resources together. I've learned a great deal here today.

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          Thank you so much really!!!

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          randomthings lm 5 years ago

          This is very cool. So much information.

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          crazy anna 5 years ago

          great lens! I learned a ton!

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          wildfia 5 years ago

          Really great lens. Thanks for the tips!

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          stargoldteam12 5 years ago

          Great lens. I like it.......

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thank you very much for your idea's. Its great to know from your side. Thanks. Wish all your dreams come true. God bless :)

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          LordShadow 5 years ago

          Thanks! Great, useful lense which I'm sure to use.

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          LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          What a great lens!

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          Petar 5 years ago

          What a great lens, and very interesting subject.

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing these helpful tips on creating ideas ... well done! ~~Blessed~~

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          RusticWeddingGu1 5 years ago

          Thank you for your creative ideas. We will pass them along to friends

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hmmm, guess I must have blessed this in the last several months as the thumb went green but not showing on my dash. I must have missed the quiz before or it was added after I was here because that worked.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Returning to bless this excellence!...*

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          3levels 5 years ago

          A really helpful, comprehensive and interesting lens. Thank you. I have a book suggestion for you: "The Creative Manager" by Roger Evans & Peter Russell. In chapter 3 they outline a six-stage creative process that brings in the psychological aspect of "frustration" which you might like.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          Comprehensive and informative, this lens was a good idea.

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          Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

          Realize that all ideas are arbitrary relative to environment and past experiences. Accept the validity of anything logically plausible, despite any personal preconceptions. When you write, try to interpret rather than regurgitate the basics in different words. When listening to music, try to imagine how you might play along if you were playing an accompanying instrument (humming is often all you need for that).

          Or, take up sculpture, drawing, graphic design, clay modeling, or anything else from which you start with a generic form and create something new from scratch. Using the creative neural networks begets more of these precious links and eventually makes loose associations with every creative resource your mind has to offer. Creativity rocks!

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          JimDickens 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens. One of the most painful but productive techniques that I use was from Brian Tracey. The trick is to write down 20 (not less) solutions to a problem and to do it without editing the answers except to make them relevant to the problem

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          Brilliant lens! Blessed!

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          BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

          Great lens, I love ideas and the study of them. I always have loads but struggle to see them through sometimes!

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          SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

          So much information! I'll have to return just to find out more...

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          RestlessKnights 5 years ago

          Good lens. Where did you come up with the idea for it?

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          ionee251 5 years ago

          Thank you for this lens. It is very helpful.

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          daedrea lm 5 years ago

          loved this pretty much described part of who I am and what I do for fun :)

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Great lens. Whatever it takes to get people into the mindset of idea creation the better and if that is the reliance on techniques then so be it.

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          Lindrus 5 years ago

          Great lens! Gave me some good ideas...

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          Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

          This is a great lens! I'll be back.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          You have done a wonderful job on this lens, and creating new ideas in my mind. Thank you for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day.

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          ekkoautos 5 years ago

          thanks for sharing

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          I'm full of ideas, my challenge is finding the time to put them all into practice! :) What a fabulous lens! Heartily blessed! :)

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          wolfie10 5 years ago

          i am learning how to use mind mapping. brilliant idea to create ideas

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          I often just let my mind start wandering after I have thought about a problem for a little while. Then a solution will come to.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens, I love it!

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          Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

          Wonderful article! Bookmarking to refer back to often. Thank you! :)

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          SAPearl 5 years ago

          Wow, this lens has so many ideas within it, never mind the ideas it will help to create! I also wanted to thank you. 2 months ago you left one of the first comments I ever received on one of my first ever lens, about time management. It was encouragement like this that helped me to really dedicate myself to creating more, and better, lenses. So, thank you.

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          questionman 5 years ago

          Great lens! One of my favourite. Going to visit it very often!

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          privresearch 5 years ago

          This is one excellent lens! I will definitely revisit.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          good lens to revisit as you've got a lot of good information here. 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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          adamfrench 5 years ago

          Impressive lens, thumbs up

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          OMG.. I have never though of getting so many ideas at the same place. I think this is very useful for everyone. You have provided so many resources here. I am gonna read this article again & again to train my mind in a proper way. It will help me getting my Small Business IT Support up.

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          cdevries 5 years ago

          A wonderful Lens on an important subject.

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          ananimoss2 5 years ago

          Great lens. I learned a great deal from you. Thank you.

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          Chris-H LM 5 years ago

          I've learned (the hard way) how fleeting even the best ideas can be. So I've taken to carry a notepad or even a folded up piece of paper in my pocket and a pen. Whenever I have an idea I jot down some notes about it immediately. Beyond that I don't try to hold onto it too tightly.

          I've found using this method seems to keep my subconscious fully engaged in the idea. Often an hour or two later I'll have a literal torrent of ideas related to the first one. So much so that I'll have trouble getting it all down.

          After that, the next (and most important) step is ACTION. I've learned not to let my ideas grow cold.

          Thanks for a great lens! How appropriate that my Capcha image for this comment is "creative" :p

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          AmyTK9 5 years ago

          Excellent!!! Thank you so much for building this lens! It has helped me a lot and gave me a lot of ideas already! Looking forward to putting more ideas to use!

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          Christabel 5 years ago from UK

          Creative lens. love it.

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          agoofyidea 5 years ago

          Great lens. Lots of ideas to apply to my thinking. Thanks.

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          Deeksha 5 years ago

          Wow it is a very great lens. The one which has directly impressed me and effected my brain. Great idea about creating a lens about Idea.

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          franstan lm 6 years ago

          Blessed by a visiting Squid Angel

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          franstan lm 6 years ago

          Great lens.

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          thesuccess2 6 years ago

          When I have a good idea I've noticed that I think "Well that's obvious why didn't I think of that before" but thing is I hadn't.

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          Padaneis 6 years ago

          This lens is really...a great idea! Thank you. Thumbs up and bookmarked.

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          thesuccess2 6 years ago

          @John Dyhouse: Artyfax,

          Given half a chance we slip into our old ways! As you say writing ideas down in a journal is the best way

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          John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

          I have read this before and bookmarked it ! However, just come back across it and decidied that I would have to take more positive action. I said the last time that I would have to change my approach to generating ideas but it appears that I slipped into old ways. This time I am going to keep a journal and make sure that I keep a list of ideas and how I got them. Using some of these techniques will be mandatory. Great lens, THanks

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          Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

          I've learned a LOT from this lens. Bookmarking SCAMPER, figuring out I need to don other hats besides the green one all the time (lol). Thank you; sometimes I forget that brainstorming can be more effective when you're not constantly yelling stuff out loud. ha Very good exercises here designed for anybody. Again, thank you!

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          editionh 6 years ago

          The best ideas come in situations without stress or pressure, also after body exercise like walking or jogging I tend to have more often ideas. For graphic design ideas seem to emerge almost automatically if I spend enough time with drawing an sketching suddenly an idea will become visible.

          One of my ideas/inventions is the IPAN log (there is a lens on Squidoo about it) a logbook that I use to keep track of all my ideas and projetcs etc.

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          GospelSmith 6 years ago

          I unconsciously use a lot of these ideas. Free time and playfulness are among my favorites.

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          DaveHiggsVis 6 years ago

          Such an awesome lens! Thanks!!

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          ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

          Thanks. I tend to stick to a few techniques which allows others to flutter away.

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          Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I do have a notebook but often, the ideas come when it is not possible to reach out for the notebook so I train my mind to remember but I lose many. What a great lens.

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          Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I do have a notebook but often, the ideas come when it is not possible to reach out for the notebook so I train my mind to remember but I lose many. What a great lens.

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          rhonney 6 years ago

          nice one!!

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          daxramadani 6 years ago

          Great posts! Let's connect and share experience

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          careermom 6 years ago

          Lots of great ideas. I tend to brainstorm often on a napkin or scrap piece of paper but I'm definitely going to try some of these ideas

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          UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

          Great inspiration!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice lens.Great informative ideas.Thanks for sharing. strategic planning software

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          kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

          Wow .. Thanks for such great idea collection...!

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          Stansky 6 years ago

          I like the idea of writing ideas down. Don't know how many I've lost because I planned to write it down in the morning or when I get home. I have started using the "notes" on my phone to help me remember. Works like a dream.

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          JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

          Saw this lens linked in your forum signature and because I recently came across a blog post on this topic from Dan Pink, NYT Best-selling author, I thought I would post a comment (I think I might have when I first came to it awhile back).

          Anyway, Pink's post on February 18th (I think) talks about thinking up BAD ideas can actually help us come up with good ideas. He cites an example of writers trying to write an episode of a sitcom, so one writer will come up with a horrible idea (in part to keep the others from continually thinking up bad ideas). Because they have this bad idea that's in front of them, they can focus on how to make it better, rather than come up with someone brand new (and good) from the start. :-)

          Might be a nice addition to this lens. ;-)

          With Love and Gratitude,


          PS: But it's already pretty thorough.... :-D

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          Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

          Great lens - well done! I seem to get my ideas from sitting outside in the cold under the stars and my brain just flows and i get so many great ideas - thanks for the ideas though! x

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          Lisa_Maria 6 years ago

          Really good lens, thank you for even more inspiration. It is now on my favourites.

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          kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

          Thanks! I appreciate this good meal of brain food! **angel blessed**

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          carolbrusegar 6 years ago

          One of my favorite techniques is mind mapping. But alas, I am pretty sporadic when it comes to intentional creativity. But that will change now that I've found this lens. I'm blown away (and a bit overwhelmed)! FABULOUS collection of information. You certainly deserve the Purple Star!!

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          yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

          i have many tips and tricks... some are already on my lenses...

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          John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

          wow, I have had my eyes opened to creative thinking and idea generation. Thanks for the lens, it is going to be extremely useful

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          Senora M 6 years ago

          Very cool lens. Looks like you spent a lot of time on it. Congrats on the purple star! Lots of great information!!