Expose yourself to new experiences

Expose yourself to new experiences

Your senses capture the basic information that your mind uses to generate associations. The more you expose yourself to different situations, people and places, the more fuel you will give to your mind to make connections. Learn to welcome variety in your life: travel, try out new foods, read different magazines than usual. Just don’t be afraid of doing things differently.

  • Look at various magazines that have nothing to do with your subject (not news or analysis). Mark or highlight any interesting articles or ideas. Set a time limit, three or five days. You can do this in a group, so when the magazines come back, send them out to different people. Examples would include trade magazines from different industries, magazines dedicated to; design, art, travel and living, tattoos or wresting, music, movies, technology and leisure equipment.
  • Read a book! Recommend great books to others in your group, no matter what the subject.
  • Move the furniture.
  • Bring in toys or puzzles that require manual manipulation. Toys unlock reasoning and assist in activating parts of the brain required for creativity.
  • Ask everyone to identify where or what makes them creative or gives them inspiration.  Where are they when they get their ideas?  What triggers innovative or creative thinking?  What time of day and what day of the week?

 “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook

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SMILE - Idea generation or ideation by Bernard Leong, Lee Iwan and Litemind blog modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.slideshare.net/bleongcw/7-tips-for-idea-generation-for-startups and http://leeiwan.wordpress.com/2006/08/28/5-ways-to-promote-creative-thinking-and-idea-generation/ and http://litemind.com/6-tips-generate-outstanding-ideas/
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