How I come up with ideas

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” -John Maynard Keynes

When it comes to coming up with ideas, let alone good ideas it’s not as complicated as one may think. There’s no definitive way to create, but I’ll go over how I come up with ideas, and this may help you do the same.

The first thing I do to formulate an idea is find a problem or something I do that I don’t like. Most of the time I come up with ideas, it’s solving something in my daily routine.

For example,

This morning I was brushing my teeth, and I thought to myself how long I have been doing this? It felt like 2 minutes, but I wasn’t sure if it was less so I kept brushing. I was also anxious to get to work so I was speed brushing to speed up the process.

At this moment, I began to think about what I can do to solve this problem of brushing time. The first solution was to pull out my phone for now on and time myself brushing to reach an optimal brushing time. The second thought was what if there was a toothbrush with a timer on it that would allow me to streamline the process. Of course, as I followed up on those thoughts I’ve found many variations of toothbrushes with timers built in, but the moral of the story is how I came up with the idea.

The reason I explain this is because this is exactly how I create. First I find a problem or process I do not like and second I begin to think about the different ways I can solve this problem or make it better.

After doing this for many years now, my mind is wired to follow up any problem with a solution instantly.

There are many ways to come up with great ideas, but this is one way that works for me.

If you are having a hard time coming up with ideas, I’d say don’t focus too much on looking for them. Instead, go about your daily routine and solve the problems as they come. Often the best ideas are directly in front of us.


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