Feeling stuck in an uncreative funk? I used to be the same way. I was searching for purpose in my day job, feeling unfulfilled but unsure of how to change anything. None of the suggestions I found (like undertaking creative pursuits like painting) worked. Then, I found this incredible method to boost creativity and work out that idea muscle. Today, I’m going to show you how to become an idea machine.
This is something I learned a few years ago, from one of my favorite authors, James Altucher. James is the king of no-nonsense, so I knew this method had to work. It’s super easy and it makes a huge difference. I’m going to explain how it works, and I’ve even created a worksheet for you to make it super simple. If you want to know more after reading and watching my video, check out James’ website here.
So here’s the game-changing secret: Just write down a list of 10 ideas every single day.
Let me walk you through the process. I just use my regular journal for this, and here’s what I do. Write down a list of 10 ideas. You can write anything.10 ideas for different foods you want to try. Maybe 10 places you want to travel. 10 ways to make your job more enjoyable. The point is not what the ideas are, the point is just to write a list of ideas.
Now, it’s not about actually pursuing this list. You don’t have to do anything on the list of ideas. They don’t even have to be good ideas! If you’re feeling pressured by making a list, a great fix is to make a list about a friend. Maybe you have a friend working on their degree, you could come up with 10 ideas for studying. But this is not a to-do list, it’s an idea list.
Here’s where the magic happens.
When you write a list of 10 ideas, what’s going to happen is this: later on in the day, or the next day, or two weeks later, you’re going to be in the show or reading a book or something. And all of a sudden, all of these great ideas are going to start to populate in your mind.
I actually implemented this practice in my office. I had my assistant start writing up a list of 10 ideas every single day. She was so annoyed with me the first time we did this, and she couldn’t see the point. But then, by the end of the first day, she literally told me she had 124 things to talk to me about.
When you write a list of 10 ideas every day, even if these are nonsensical things, what you’re actually doing is priming the idea muscle of your brain.This helps that muscle just produce more and more ideas. I’m sure you’ve heard that the brain is a muscle. Well, this idea maker really is a muscle. You’ve got to work it out to get it fit and firing. It’s not about the things on the list, it’s about priming that idea muscle. By doing this practice, you’ll create new neural connections and neural plasticity.
This is the quickest, easiest trick that will change your life like that. You’ll feel better, you’ll have incredible ideas just flooding your brain. So just do it. Just write down a list of 10 things right this moment. I’ve made it so easy for you – all you have to do is download the free worksheet! And again, check out one of my favorite authors, the creator of this habit, James Altucher. Share your 10 ideas in the comments!