How to find ideas

Country scene with a post and sticker on it

Surely there exists a scientific explanation to how we find ideas. However, here is not the place for such things to be set out. I’m more interested in those actions we can undertake to encourage the process of finding ideas, as opposed to merely waiting to chance upon them.

Keep an open mind

Rather than prejudge situations as mundane or pointless, keeping an open mind may transform each and every task, meeting and suchlike, into a potential source of new ideas.

Engage in the creation of ideas

Two methods of being involved in the creation of ideas are:

a) randomly open books to employ words or sentences as triggers for the finding of ideas;

b) use signs and advertising casually encountered to spur on intuition and unleash creativity.


Oftentimes a rested mind is all we need for us to find ideas or solutions that previously seemed beyond our grasp. As John Lubbock, English naturalist and archaeologist noted: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

These are just some possible ways our actions can promote the conditions for ideas to surface. If you’d like to offer your insight into this issue of how to find ideas, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this today.



2 Responses to How to find ideas

  1. Dawn says:

    At times an empty mind can be quite helpful too. A mind not trying to generate ideas nor filled with a list of tasks to do or any other matters of mind. May sound counterintuitive but simply being immersed in an activity fully, like driving, or taking a shower, or washing dishes and placing all attention to just that can affect a wellspring of insights. This is most difficult to remember when under pressure from the tick-tock of a clock.

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