Do you often wonder how you could be more effective at home or work? Two words for you: Get creative.
This morning, I was thinking about that very question, wondering how to make better use of my time and get more done. I immediately remembered a tool I used all the time when I was in sales. It’s called the “The 20 Idea Method” – and here’s how it works.
Adapted from Earl Nightingale, this could be considered “solo brainstorming.” It is particularly effective when you are “stuck” and need creative solutions to your challenge. Try it for a few days in a row, and you will be astounded by the creative solutions you receive, and how much it supports and inspires your work.
In three easy steps, here’s how it works:
- Write your challenge as a question at the top of the page:
“How do I get the team to work on this project more effectively?”
- Write 20 answers; just keep writing until you have 20 ideas:
“Encourage fun and creativity…”
“Recognize and celebrate progress…”
- When finished, circle one answer and act right away. This is the “magic” of the formula.
Some points to remember:
- Answers will come quickly at first; then, more slowly. That’s okay – it’s part of the process.
- Do not “edit” or judge your ideas –write down absolutely everything that comes to mind.
- This practice will get easier as you use it more often. Start with one area of your life where you need creative solutions. You will be surprised at how this helps you create ideas to cope with challenges and receive solutions.
So, get creative. Try “The 20 Idea Method”, and see what happens for you.