Write 10 Ideas Per Day on Any Topic

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Pick any topic and generate 10 ideas on it. Do this every day and teach your brain to be creative!

Here is a great idea for a 30 day experiment.  Do this every day for the next 30 days and see how you get on. Simply pick a topic each day, any topic, and write 10 ideas on that topic.  Make it so that it’s difficult by idea #6 or idea #7.  They don’t have to be brilliant ideas or even good ideas – just ideas.  Don’t start analysing or judging the ideas.  Just write 10.

I adapted this practice from James Altucher.  This is how it appears in my e-diary:

Brainstorm 10 ideas:

  1. ..
  2. ..
  3. ..
  4. ..
  5. ..
  6. ..
  7. ..
  8. ..

I use an electronic diary on my computer which is brilliant.  I have used this diary software for the past 6 years.  I have created a template for the 10 ideas exercise and simply click ‘Insert template’ and in it pops into the entry for that particular day.  You can find out more about my diary software from the links below:

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I have adopted the 10 ideas exercise into my morning routine.  I have a routine which I follow every morning for 6 days a week.  The routine begins when my alarm goes off at 5am.  On Sunday my alarm does not go off and I don’t follow any routine.  Sunday is a day for me to do whatever I want such as write an article like this one or do nothing at all.

Anyway the purpose of the 10 ideas per day exercise is to train your brain to think and be creative.  Creativity is like a muscle – the more you exercise that muscle then the more it will grow.  You will get used to generating ideas.   If you generate 10 ideas per day you will generate 3,650 ideas per year!  Among these ideas might be one or two of which might just make you a fortune – who knows?

My experience of doing this exercise for the past 2 months is that I generally find more ideas popping into my head throughout the day and I am also more attuned to pay attention to them.  I think the exercise is helping me to become more creative.  If I was asked now to come up with 10 ideas on anything I would have no problem doing it.  I am becoming what James Altucher calls an  ‘Idea Machine‘.

Try this exercise each day for the next 30 days and see how you get on.  Please share feedback in the comments section below.

Goal Achieving – The ‘4 Maps’ Right Brained System

Throughout this website there are various articles about strategic life planning and goal setting.  My last few posts were on personal strategic planning and a product called the ‘Personal Strategic Planning Programme’ where you sit down and logically work through a series of exercises to come up with your vision statement, mission statement, goals etc.  You set five year goals, three year goals and one year goals.   I worked with a Life Coach in 2015 and she had me do the same thing.  Draw up all these goals (1 year, 3 year and 5 year).

That is all fine in itself.

However the process in my opinion is quite tedious (Yawn) and probably doesn’t engage the imagination enough.  It all feels very business-like and cold. I had three sets of probably too many goals and it all looked a bit confusing and overwhelming.  It can also be demoralising when after 6-8 months you look at all the goals you have not achieved or are way behind on.  It can become a stick to beat yourself with.

Perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of review of plans made.  We all get caught up in the whirlwind of life and forget to check back on our goals.  This happens to me.  I forget what I am supposed to be aiming for and get distracted from my goals.  Weeks and months can go by and I don’t read my strategic plan.   I also think it’s too left brained and logical.  We are human beings and not robots.  We just need to engage emotions more when planning.

I recently read a great little book called ‘The Four Maps of Happy Successful People‘ by Robert G. Allen.  The book contains some brilliant wisdom which sums up much of what I have learned about personal development over the years.

Allen makes the point that our minds are forgetting machines.  We may have all these great plans and strategies, goals, vision and mission statements etc.  However we then promptly forget them all and don’t look at them (well that happens to me anyway!).

Allen in his book advocates for the daily practice of drawing four maps.  By drawing these four maps you keep your goals and purpose in life in front of you each and every day.  You recommit to your goals every 24 hours.  In drawing the 4 maps you engage your right brain and your also use visualisation to imagine your desired future.  You engage your emotions which is the language of your subconscious mind.  Each day you plan three key tasks for that day and you clearly link them to longer term goals.  The process of drawing the maps is simple and clear.

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I have been drawing the maps now as part of my morning routine for the past month.  I have a hardback notebook and pencil and I draw my four maps like a kid in primary school.  I love the simplicity of drawing with a pencil.

At first it was hard and I thought this would never work.  I thought that drawing the four maps would be too time consuming and just difficult to draw everyday.  However the more you draw them then the quicker you get.  Now I can draw the 4 maps in 10-15 minutes each morning.  The 4 maps is now part of my daily morning ritual and I like doing it.  Today is all that matters and I recommit to my goals each morning.

What are the benefits?

I feel way more focussed and committed to my goals.  I have three goals I am working on right now and I can actually remember them most of the time!

As I mentioned I totally agree with the author that the human mind is a forgetting machine.  We forget our goals and plans especially if we only look at them periodically.

Try out the 4 maps for yourself.  Make it a part of your daily routine for the next 30 days and see the results for yourself.