Coming up with great and new ideas isn’t always something easy. A good idea may pop into your mind when you’re on a run or in the shower. But often putting together a strategy, plan or a course of action takes time. Here are three ways to spark innovation, particularly at work or in your field of work.
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Getting together and running ideas over with a group of people is my favorite way to innovate. Just make sure to keep an open mind and encourage others in the brainstorm to do so as well. Having a free space for discussion where people won’t feel judged for sharing ideas will lead to the most outcomes for new ideas.
Don’t rush the brainstorm either, allow for time to think and expand on the discussions. Also, prep a plan. You can start a brainstorm by sitting and talking, or you can have a process outlined to get things moving. For example, one person in the room writes an idea on the board and then everyone else has to contribute three key concepts to it. Structuring the beginning of the brainstorm will help kick things off and get ideas flowing.
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Think, then relax
I still remember when my fifth-grade math teacher told us that your mind will subconsciously work on ideas and solutions for you. She suggested thinking of something and then sleeping on it for a few days. The mind will come up with answers. This concept has worked for me!
I think allowing yourself time to ruminate on something, especially if you relax, could lead to some good results. The key is being patient with yourself.
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Jot down ideas
I am constantly writing down my ideas. I use the Notes app on my phone to record work ideas, to-do list items, etc. Having a place where I can store my thoughts, and then return to them when I have time, is a good way for me to keep track of things and to also give my brain a rest. Once I write it down, I know it’s there and I can return to it later. So, take notes and spark innovation!