No, I’m not an idea machine. Neither am I a creative genius.
I did amaze myself when I did a count of ideas I have.
890 on 89 different topics, including this article.
10 Ideas Everyday and A Humble Beginning
I learnt about this neat trick from Chris Winfield on ‘How (and Why) to Generate 10 Ideas Everyday‘. The post led me read about this crazy writer-cum-investor-cum-self-help-guru James Altucher. He was a life-saver.
Inspired by James Altucher, I took on the practice of making ‘writing 10 ideas‘ every day a habit. It’s really hard for me to stick to a routine, let alone sticking to it make a consistent habit. But I tried in my own little way.
It all started with a humble beginning. I was reluctant to just write 10 ideas, on anything and everything. There was not a system to it, no schema. More so, I had trouble getting started with a habit, let alone sticking with it.
To start small, I started writing 10 ideas in my notebook. Realizing a spur of momentum, I copied those ideas unto a word doc, aptly titled ’10 ideas collation’.
Yes, I did have my fall-offs. It wasn’t a smooth journey.
I returned back using a pen and note. Even dedicated a section of a notebook to note ideas. Now I have a separate note for writing my ideas.
And that journey, at the end of 2016, has ended up with me being proud of generating 890+ ideas.
But why generate such ideas? Did you do you any good?
I could hear you asking those questions. Read further.
10 Reasons Why I Write 10 Ideas Everyday
- To increase my creativity. I did feel its need. For not of finding any other easier way to be creative, I started using this trick. I am not sure it increased my creativity or not – only a more deeper observation and tracking would help. But I generally feel good about it.
- As an exercise for my ‘idea muscle’. To maintain my brain’s health has been one of my important priorities. I said ‘no’ to quite a lot of things just to save me my mind space and mental bandwidth.
- To get rich. What if, I stuck a billion dollar idea!? I don’t mind becoming a billionaire, but why risk it. The best way to come with a great idea is to come up with 100 different crappy ideas. So, technically I’m 890+ crappy ideas towards finding my great billion dollar idea.
- To ‘feel’ creative. One thing is to be creative, another is to actually feel creative. I needed both. Given me routine work, I feel I need a creative outlet. I don’t read or write stories, but writing 10 ideas gave me the intellectual freedom to be creative.
- To feel accomplished. I’m following this as a religious routine and I love doing though I miss it once in awhile. Ironically, this creative exercise makes me feel that I’m having routine in my life.
- To keep my brain active. refer point 2.
- To prove to myself that I can come up with ideas. I had deep self-confidence issues and still have some. I’m slowly yet steadily winning over the resistance to generate an idea. I told my other day, give me a problem, I’m sure I’ll come up with 10 ideas to solve it. Whether the ideas are great is another question, but my confidence to declare I can a solve a problem is something I’m taking pride in myself.
- I like making lists. And this is a neat list, isn’t it?
- Like to call myself an ‘idea guy‘. A thought leader? An idea entrepreneur? I guess this is my effort in moving towards it.
- And last but not least, the practice gives me ideas and content for my blog post. Like this one.
It’s Your Turn Now
I have my reasons. And you could have yours.
Whatever it might be, I suggest you to get into the practice of writing 10 ideas everyday. If not for any utilitarian benefit, I suggest you to do it at least for your amusement.
Let me know how did it go! Comment below!