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Ideas, Ideas, How to Create More Ideas


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?


The Wonder of Serendipity

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

thesuccess2 (author) on October 24, 2013:

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

GhillieTheKid on October 24, 2013:

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

Susan Caplan McCarthy from Massachusetts, USA on September 23, 2013:

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

tammywilliams09 on July 07, 2013:

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

adammuller003 lm on June 29, 2013:

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

I love the Kipling questions:)

pepys on June 06, 2013:

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

chocochipchip on March 30, 2013:

Thank you so much! This lens is very inspiring

enrich-self-study on February 20, 2013:

Great lens to sink one's teeth into!

thesuccess2 (author) on February 08, 2013:

@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.

laurenrich on February 06, 2013:

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

thesuccess2 (author) on January 20, 2013:

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

Helen Phillips Cockrell from Virginia on January 20, 2013:

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

thesuccess2 (author) on December 31, 2012:

@ArdivJauhari: Exactly!

ArdivJauhari on December 30, 2012:

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

homesweethomebi1 on October 21, 2012:

Absolutely great lens! I really enjoyed reading it.

christineallen on October 08, 2012:

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

John Dyhouse from UK on September 12, 2012:

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

anonymous on September 01, 2012:

Thank you for all this useful information - Blessed.

RoadMonkey on August 29, 2012:

Great set of ideas.

Srena44 on August 26, 2012:

greaat lens

DonnaMarie2 on August 23, 2012:

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.

anonymous on August 19, 2012:

Hundreds of thanks, very practicle; again thanks.

NewUsedCarsSacramento on July 02, 2012:

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

PristeamDetail LM on June 19, 2012:

Thank you for the quality content here!

anonymous on June 09, 2012:

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

flycatcherrr on May 29, 2012:

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.

unqedomain on May 25, 2012:

Thank you so much really!!!

randomthings lm on May 19, 2012:

This is very cool. So much information.

crazy anna on May 12, 2012:

great lens! I learned a ton!

wildfia on May 09, 2012:

Really great lens. Thanks for the tips!

stargoldteam12 on May 09, 2012:

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

anonymous on May 08, 2012:

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

LordShadow on May 06, 2012:

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

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 02, 2012:

What a great lens!

Petar on April 29, 2012:

What a great lens, and very interesting subject.

JoyfulReviewer on April 28, 2012:

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

RusticWeddingGu1 on April 27, 2012:

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

anonymous on April 17, 2012:

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.

anonymous on April 17, 2012:

Returning to bless this excellence!...*

3levels on April 09, 2012:

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.

Chuck Nelson from California on April 08, 2012:

Comprehensive and informative, this lens was a good idea.

Vortrek Grafix on April 03, 2012:

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!

JimDickens on April 01, 2012:

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

WriterJanis2 on March 22, 2012:

Brilliant lens! Blessed!

BenJacklin LM on March 12, 2012:

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

SoundsOfBliss on March 05, 2012:

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

RestlessKnights on February 27, 2012:

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

ionee251 on February 01, 2012:

Thank you for this lens. It is very helpful.

daedrea lm on January 31, 2012:

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

Edutopia on January 30, 2012:

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.

Lindrus on January 27, 2012:

Great lens! Gave me some good ideas...

Paul Turner from Birmingham, Al. on January 05, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 13, 2011:

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.

ekkoautos on December 06, 2011:

thanks for sharing

Odille Rault from Gloucester on November 28, 2011:

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

wolfie10 on November 24, 2011:

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

fugeecat lm on November 15, 2011:

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.

anonymous on November 11, 2011:

Great lens, I love it!

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on November 10, 2011:

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

SAPearl on November 08, 2011:

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.

questionman on November 03, 2011:

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

privresearch on October 26, 2011:

This is one excellent lens! I will definitely revisit.

anonymous on October 25, 2011:

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

adamfrench on October 08, 2011:

Impressive lens, thumbs up

anonymous on October 05, 2011:

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.

cdevries on October 04, 2011:

A wonderful Lens on an important subject.

ananimoss2 on October 02, 2011:

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

Chris-H LM on September 12, 2011:

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

AmyTK9 on September 08, 2011:

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!

Christabel from UK on September 08, 2011:

Creative lens. love it.

agoofyidea on September 05, 2011:

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

Deeksha on September 01, 2011:

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.

franstan lm on August 11, 2011:

Blessed by a visiting Squid Angel

franstan lm on August 10, 2011:

Great lens.

thesuccess2 (author) on July 12, 2011:

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.

Padaneis on July 10, 2011:

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

thesuccess2 (author) on June 25, 2011:

@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

John Dyhouse from UK on June 25, 2011:

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

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on June 06, 2011:

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!

editionh on June 06, 2011:

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.

GospelSmith on May 24, 2011:

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

DaveHiggsVis on May 16, 2011:

Such an awesome lens! Thanks!!

ElizabethJeanAl on May 10, 2011:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2011:

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.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2011:

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.

rhonney on May 05, 2011:

nice one!!

daxramadani on April 14, 2011:

Great posts! Let's connect and share experience

careermom on April 03, 2011:

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

UKGhostwriter on March 21, 2011:

Great inspiration!

anonymous on March 21, 2011:

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

kguru1979 lm on March 10, 2011:

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

Stansky on March 07, 2011:

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.

JeremiahStanghini on February 24, 2011:

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

Oliversbabycarecouk on February 21, 2011:

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

Lisa_Maria on February 07, 2011:

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

kimbesa from USA on February 05, 2011:

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

carolbrusegar on January 31, 2011:

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!!

yourgoldenfuture on January 21, 2011:

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

John Dyhouse from UK on January 19, 2011:

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

Senora M on December 24, 2010:

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

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