Good evening everyone!
Hope you all are having a great start to the week. Things here in Rochester are getting slower and slower. But I’m probably going to kick myself about that, because things will start to pick up once I talk about it. Anyways, I’ve had some extra down time as of late- and I’ve started to come up with a quite few ideas since. After investing some time in thinking about my ideas- all kinds of ideas- I’ve realized that I have a few courses of action that I have to take in order to make my ideas grow exponentially. Ever since I set up a routine of developing my idea- I’ve seen a significant improvement in my ideation progress regarding a few projects that I’m interested in pursuing. I’ve decided to share with you a few tips on how to do that.
Write everything down.
I don’t care if it’s late at night, but your mind has a funny habit of racing when you’re trying to relax. Most of the time those thoughts are going to be some of the best ideas that’ll ever cross your mind. Carry a note pad with you anywhere, jot down whatever strikes you. I tend to do this a few times a day. Some of the most nonchalant things will strike me, like a random Buzzfeed article that exposes a critical issue regarding something that I’m interested in exploring…write it down. You’ll be surprised with what your mind can come up with about some of the simplest things.
It’s never going to be a final product right away.
Your idea might sound like a lousy one, but if you keep molding it, adding/subtracting, you’ll see some considerable progress. For example, I had an idea about developing a website, but after talking about it with others…I realized that a brick on campus could come up with a better idea. So I decided to modify and tailor that idea to suit my passions better, and I saw almost immediate improvements in my idea flow, thought flow, and the quality of content that I was coming up with. So spend some time tinkering on whatever you have written down.
Research your ideas.
You have to dig around a little bit and see if there are ideas out there that are similar to what you’ve been thinking about. Sometimes you’ll be surprised how rare that idea is, or how common it is. I oftentimes dig around for interesting sources and utilize it to improve my idea. The world of knowledge is at your fingertips. So, you better use it!
Hope this helped!