32 Unique Ways to Generate New Ideas

August 28, 2012

It can be so easy to get stuck in a rut and get super narrow-minded. When this happens, life pretty much stinks. You think, “I’m just going to have to slog it out here at this ol’ job.” Or, “Well, we’re just going to have to drive this old junker car because that’s all we have money for.”

Most times, when you’re in a tough spot, you’re just one good idea away from a solution. Here are 32 unique ways to generate new ideas:

1. Sleep with your head at the foot of the bed

2. Write with a different pen

3. Go jump roping

4. Go for a run shirtless (for guys only)

5. Wear a different color than normal

6. Get a different haircut

7. Doodle

8. Campout in your backyard

9. Eat something you wouldn’t normally choose for lunch

10. Meetup with someone new for coffee

11. When something catches your eye, stop and look at it

12. Lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling

13. Swing

14. Take a 24 hour break from ALL technology

15. Grab your journal and write WHATEVER pops into your head

16. Make an idea board

17. Tell yourself a joke and then laugh at it

18. Get out a bunch of children’s books at the library

19. Do #18 and sit in a corner and read them

20. Lay under a tree and look up

21. Road trip!

22. Change your furniture around

23. Buy a super bright pair of shoes and wear them

24. Brainstorm with someone (all ideas count)

25. Don’t think so hard

26. Daydream

27. Do something daring

28. Take a cold shower

29. Listen to a new podcast

30. Sit by a river and do #26 or #24

31. Keep a pen and journal by your bed to capture new ideas

32. Move somewhere new

Question: What can we add to this list? Leave your response in the comment section of the post.


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  • Reply Joe Lalonde August 28, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I used to do suggestion 1. Not because I wanted to generate new ideas but because of fear. My thought was “If someone breaks into the house and tries to shoot me while I’m sleeping, they’ll hit my feet instead.” Stupid, silly… I know… 

    • Reply Michael Good August 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Haha, I guess there is logic there! (And, how old were you?) (kidding)

  • Reply Ann Musico August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Man you made quite an exhaustive list!  I love it.  Honestly #14 sounds heavenly – some days I just cringe at the thought of getting on the computer – but my business is there so I do.  I am going to call a friend I’ve known for a LONG time and brainstorm some ideas with her.

  • Reply Michael Wright August 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    33. Hang upside down.  I do this on my inversion table.  5 minutes on that thing makes me feel like I’ve finished a round of exercise.
    Good list, Michael.  I remember last summer deciding to cut my grass with my shirt off, to get rid of my farmers tan lines (in the BACK yard) – very uncomfortable for me!

    • Reply Michael Good August 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Michael, running with my shirt off was pretty killer for me too! I haven’t done it since. Just not something I’m comfortable with.

      Do you go all the way upside down on the inversion table, or are you on a 45 degree angle?

      • Reply Michael Wright August 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

         Either way is beneficial, but yes, I like to go 180.  The guy in the video that came with it does ab crunches while being all the way upside down and he is in his 60’s – can’t say I do that though!

  • Reply Kent Julian August 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Here are a few edits and/or editions.

    1. I’m pretty much stuck with my haircut, so #6 won’t help me.

    2. I would like to see my wife do #4, but then I’d have to do #28. Just saying…

    3. In all seriousness, two things I do that generate new ideas are:

         * Run without earphone

         * Take 15-20 minutes each day to stretch

    Good stuff here, Mr. and Mrs. Good!

    • Reply Michael Good August 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Hey thanks, Kent. I appreciate that. 

      I too have been stretching for about the past 2 years, ever since PT for my back. It’s been great! I’m not doing it every day any more, but at least 3 times per week. 

    • Reply jodyberkey September 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

       You’re a funny guy, Kent!

  • Reply jodyberkey September 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    There’s something strangely invigorating about changing your furniture around.  I loved changing my bedroom around when I was a kid. 

    Having a child has helped us to generate fresh idea, but that just opens up another can of worms 🙂  

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