7 Idea Dumping Tips (How To Manage Diarrhea of the Brain) at LifeDev
LifeDev lays out some good tips for "idea dumping," based on these seven ideas.
- ALWAYS carry paper
- Be descriptive when writing it down
- Plan for not planning on it
- Good environments matter
- Think big picture down
- Organize your thoughts
- Know when to stop
Of course I'm a big fan of #1, but I also think there's some terrific advice in #3 (Plan for not planning on it):
One problem with the way we typically brainstorm is this: it’s unnatural. We bang our heads against the wall while chanting “think, think”. If you’re like me, your brain doesn’t like to be told what to do. The second I sit down and “make” myself be creative, my brain goes on lockdown. Nothing in, nothing out. There’s no such thing as forced creativity.
I’ve found that the best way to allow your mind to form ideas is when I’m doing something else. You have to be ready at anytime to jot something down. I know this point is a lot like #1, but I can’t stress it enough.