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Aug 17, 2007
The human brain is the most advanced organ and technology on the planet. It is able to outperform the most powerful supercomputers ever devised, and is capable of staggering creativity and ideas, often coming from the most unlikely of places. Coming up with useful ideas using this awesome piece of kit is easy, yet it's an art which seems to elude the vast majority of people. I'm going to try and help you "learn" to have more effective ideas.

Most people have ideas that come and go, with no specific rhyme or reason, and being used to such big brain power, most of us just ignore the vast majority of them, as they are wild and untargeted, appearing apparently at random and with no clue to their usefulness or otherwise. Imagine if we could develop a reliable system for coming up with and processing ideas?

The first thing we need to do in order to get some "idea discipline" is to decide what we want our ideas to be about-this Identification stage is essential-how can we solve a problem if we haven't identified what that problem is? Some typical questions to get started with may be: What is the problem we are trying to solve? Why are we trying to solve it? What will solving it achieve? And so on. Only once we have an idea of the questions can we begin answering them, and by answering them gain a greater insight into the problem as a whole.

A simple brain storming session is a great way to start finding the questions- the best way to do it is to sit with a pad and a pen, start with the basic what why and how questions, and expand from there. A good tip is to give yourself a time limit, say one hour, and not let yourself quit until you have surpassed it. This is will condition your brain to think along certain paths when called upon. The answers themselves will vary from person to person- you could be a writer looking for a new plotline or an aerospace designer trying to reduce wind resistance, and as such each person will have answers that are specific to their niche.

Now we need some way of recording the ideas. This can be anything from the pen and pad used before to a little dictating machine as used in many offices. The most important thing is to get the main idea down in a way that will help you recognize it and act upon it when you read back through your notes. Something to note here, some people prefer to write in longhand, others will prefer diagrams or whatever, but there is no right or wrong way for this-the main thing is that the idea is recorded. It may also be a good idea to record the time and place you had the idea, and if possible, what you were thinking of when the idea occurred to you. Things like this can be linked inextricably, and may be useful at some point in triggering fresh ideas or variations.

Now once we have some ideas noted down, we need to work out a filtration system for them-some are going to be better than others, some will have huge potential and others may be fatally flawed, and all of that will not be apparent at the immediate inception. We can sort the ideas into three piles: refine, proceed and discard.

Worthless ideas are discarded immediately, ideas with potential are refined, and any ideas that are perfectly workable in their initial state are proceeded with. Using this simple method of separation we are able to maximize the time spent on the ideas with the most potential, which is an ideal situation for any business or creative endeavor.

All it takes to separate the ideas is a simple question:-Does this idea solve the problem(s) we identified in our initial identification stage? There are four possible outcomes to this question-
Yes (place the idea in the proceed section)
No (place the idea in the discard section)
Yes, but (place the idea in the refine section) and
No, but (place the idea in the refine section).

Once an idea has been refined it may be passed through the question again to see how it fares. Many of the best ideas will be passed through the refinement stage again and again until ready to proceed, but using this system you will never again discard a useful idea or move forward with a flawed one!

As you have seen, the creation of ideas can be reduced to a far more targeted precise affair. Hopefully you will put this system to use and find out for yourself how powerful it can be!
About the Author
Dave Origano runs the Daily Brilliant Idea service, which gives you those insights that helped him and many others create highly successful businesses. For more information on why this single service is all you ever need, check out the Daily Brilliant Idea Service
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