Ready, set, innovate! Welcome to this 7-day challenge that will sharpen your focus, break any creative blocks that get in your way and get those creative juices flowing. It’s easy, it’s quick and effective.
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Many people claim they do their best thinking when walking. CEO’s like Mark Zuckerberg have been holding meetings on foot for ages. And yes, recent studies find that walking boosts creative inspiration. During and after a short walk, creative output and thinking increase with a whopping 60%. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors. So today, you’ll be on the move. Walk at least for twenty minutes and let your mind wander.
The eccentric mathematician Paul Erdos once famously said that the creative genius only reveals itself after you’ve shown up enough times to get the average ideas out of the way. So, if you really want to come up with a brilliant idea, you need a lot of useless ideas too. Whatever you do, keep producing. That said, produce something today. Whether it’s a masterpiece or ‘just’ garbage. Garbage is good, too (read more about Paul Erdos and the interesting equal-odds rule here).
Set a timer for 10 minutes and splurge words you could use for a new project. Write each idea on a new sticky note. After 10 minutes, categorize your sticky notes on the wall. This popular technique works even better in group brainstorm sessions, but you’re good to go on your own as well. Leave the sticky notes on the wall this week and take a quick look at it every day.
Don’t wait for inspiration. Aim to be a sponge instead. Consciously absorb everything around you. Try out new things. Whether it’s food, music, a book or a magazine. Inspiration is everywhere. Buy something to read today (a new book, magazine or newspaper) and read a bit.
Grab one of the sticky note ideas. Write down a) what this idea exactly is b) how you’re going to succeed c) what you need to do so. Also, set a duration limit. You need deadlines to achieve. How long do you need to finish this new plan?
You’re almost there! You’ve managed to come up with one workable idea, you’ve tried some others. Now it’s the time to seek feedback. Constructive criticism helps you in becoming a better creative. Find someone who can evaluate.
Meditate (I like to use the app Head Space). Meditation is a popular method for relieving stress and letting ideas flow. When you’re done, take a fresh look at your idea and the feedback. What can you do to make your idea stand out even more?