Tips on Being an Idea Generator
When you work in a creative environment good ideas don’t come easily. In fact, great ideas are often the products of bad ideas that have been edited and changed several times until they are formed into something new.
Here are a few tips to get to your next great idea:
Tip #1 – Know You – You encompass what you think, feel, know and do.
- What you think is your attitude – You must be in a creative mindset to generate ideas. Believe you can be creative!
- What you feel is your emotions – Be in control of your emotions, don’t think of rejection – only acceptance.
- What you know is your experience – You know what you’re doing. Don’t let others’ work affect what you do.
- What you do is your character – Be disciplined and persistent enough to get your creative juices flowing without distraction.
If you know yourself, don’t have self-doubt. Doubting yourself is a sure way to not create great ideas.
Tip #2 – Know Your Environment – you have to know where you work best.
- Be in the right place – Find a place that works best for you. It can be your couch, your desk, a dark room.
- Work at the right time – Do you work best in the morning? Maybe late afternoon? Whatever time of day it may be, do you work at the same time everyday. This relates back to your character – be disciplined enough to get your work done at this time.
You don’t always have to work 9-5. Don’t put time constraints on yourself, if you find you do your best work at 9 p.m. rather than 9 a.m. that’s when you need to work.
Tip #3 – Know Your (Creative) Process – find a way to generate your ideas. Whatever way you get your ideas out of your head is the best way. Then:
- Add – Add to the ideas. Is it too simple?
- Subtract – Take out different aspects of the idea. Are you overthinking?
- Switch – Switch around the original idea concept.
- Invert – Invert things for humor,
- Mash – up – Combine two different ideas and see what you come up with.
Follow these tips and your next great idea will be just around the corner!
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