There are times when we need ideas for a project, a content, a business an event just name it whatever it is and we find it hard to even come up with something no matter how little, we even go to the length of brainstorming, checking out other people’s ideas (although this works at times some people find it frustrating and end up feeling like they wasted their time) the process can be tedious but do you know the best ideas come when you are not relaxed, there is this popular saying among the tech that says the best ideas comes when you are not in front of your screen.
In this post we would be looking at how to come up with great ideas i almost forgot to add that this process is called ideation.
Steps to coming up with ideas.
In order for you to be able to consistently generate ideas using the concepts outlined above, you need to have a process. Below i will outline what i have found to be a particularly effective for me, when I’m trying to come up with ideas consistently. These steps allow your mind to create a sort of background process that will consistently bring ideas to you, by first doing a little bit of hard work.
Step 1. Choose an area
This step is straightforward. Select the area that you would like to generate the idea in. Is it blog post ideas, local business ideas? Whatever it is, make sure you have clearly defined an idea area. Try to be as specific as possible. This is very important.
Step2. Expose yourself to unexpected successes in it
With this step, you may have to go out exploring a little bit, depending on your idea area. Here you will be looking for surprisingly successful things. This could be a local pizza place that has recently opened and just so happens to be serving smoothies. And those smoothies are selling like hot cakes. You have to really be looking hard to spot these and they can sometimes be missed. But generally, you will be looking for things that look out-of-place in the area that you’ve chosen, but are performing well above expectations.
Step 3. Research.
This is probably the most difficult of all the steps, as it requires the most analysis. Generally, you can deduce the reasons why something is successful by simply speaking to people who like it and asking them why. This is even easier if the area you are in is in any way connected to social media. For example, with an unexpectedly successful blog post that is being shared a lot, all you would have to do is log onto Facebook or twitter and read the comments. You will likely get a good idea of why it worked.
Step 4. Write down your ideas.
Now comes the action.
Every day, set out an idea quota within a period of roughly 45 minutes to an hour, where you do nothing but write down ideas about the area that you have chosen. If it’s a local business idea, then write 50 ideas on local businesses within that time frame. Don’t worry about how bad the ideas seem. Just write them down.
Try to be as religious as you can with this. And do it for about 10 days.
Step. 5. Work them out.
Once you get down to about 10 ideas. You will likely have some pretty great ones in there. Use them and see how they perform. If they do well (and i think that they will), then that is great!.