If you regularly read my blog, you know that I'm always seeking information on enhancing creativity, innovation - and increasing ideas. I came across a post entitled How to Consistently Come Up with Great Ideas written by Tapha Ngum on the LifeHack site.
Tapha offers an insightful quote from Steve Jobs:
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”
Tapha suggests a step-by-step process for consistent idea generation. I like Step 4 in the process.
Every day, challenge yourself to create an idea quota. Take about 45 minutes to an hour and do nothing but write down ideas related to the area that you have chosen to work on. If it’s ideas for generating innovative blog posts, come up with 50 ideas on unique blog posts within that time frame.
Don’t judge the ideas. Just write them down. Do this task consistently for about ten days. After the ten days are up, analyze your lists and choose the ten best ideas. Check out Tapha's post for more details.
I believe this Idea Quota tool could also work when you want to come up with new ideas for mixed-media art projects.