Daily Musings - Shane Black

10 Ideas A Day

I have had a somewhat regular routine of coming up with 10 ideas a day over the past few years. I’ll come up with a topic and then write down some ideas. Most of the time I’ll never refer back to the list, or even keep the list.

It’s not something I do because of the actual ideas I come up with. I do it to keep my mind flowing. This then allows me to think quicker and more broadly in my businesses and life.

By practising this routine, I find I can come up with more ideas for products or services and can more easily think of solutions to problems that arise.

The original concept of doing this came from James Altucher, an entrepreneur and successful writer, who is a big believer in becoming an idea machine.

Every now and then as part of doing this, I will come up with something that continues to play on my mind over the next week. That’s when I know I could be on to something for a business or product idea and will look into it further to validate the idea.

Generally, I come up with 10 ideas just for my own benefit. However, sometimes I will come up with ideas for someone else or another business.

Once I have thought of ideas that they could benefit from I simply email them through. I don’t expect anything in return. It’s just my way of helping other entrepreneurs and businesses with the knowledge I have in business and marketing.

How to be an idea machine.

If you want to be able to have good ideas, it takes practice, just like any sport or skill that you learn.

Being able to easily come up with ideas has a lot of advantages; it’s great for coming up with new business ideas, it can help to improve an existing business, it’s a conversation starter at networking events, you can help other businesses or entrepreneurs, and most of all,  it keeps your mind active.

Here are some tips to help get you started:

  • Work out if you are going to write down your ideas on paper or on your computer.
  • Get in the habit of doing it at the same time every day. I always do it in the morning.
  • Create a list of different topics to pick from while you are starting out.
  • Don’t overthink things. Each day, pick a topic and write 10 ideas. That’s it.
  • If you can’t think of 10 ideas for a topic, don’t sweat it. Just come up with as many as you can.
  • You don’t have to stop at 10 ideas. Do more if you are feeling creative and have a lot of ideas.
  • Try giving ideas to other people or businesses.
  • If you are struggling, don’t give up. Try doing it just a couple of times a week to start with.

I would love to hear how you go with his and how it affects your business and life after doing it for a month or so. Hit me up on social media and let me know ?

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