1. Have a goal or idea direction before you start.
Before you begin brainstorming, It is recommended to have a focused goal or direction of thought in mind. You should know the problem you are trying to solve or what in your life you are attempting to generate ideas for.
2. Find a quiet place where you can focus.
Coffee shops, restaurants, lobbies and other bustling places can be too distracting to brainstorm ideas. You should look for a quiet area where you can focus your thoughts on the subject you are brainstorming about.
Try to brainstorm ideas in places you feel comfortable in and where you think you have some of your best thoughts.
3. Try expanding on the ideas of others.
If you are struggling to come up with ideas, consider expanding on existing ideas from other people. Many of the most successful businesses today were created by innovators taking other people’s views a step further. You may come up with a company or product that improves an existing one.
4. Try inviting another person into your brainstorming session.
Sometimes, two brains are better than one. Consider inviting friends to join you in your brainstorming sessions. It is advisable to use this tip after you already have some ground level ideas recorded and just need some help fleshing out the details. Developing a healthy plan of action from an approach can be a pretty involving and complicated process.
5. The craziest idea you have might be the one you come back to later.
Don’t limit yourself when you are brainstorming. You might come up with some wild ideas that seem like they have no business being on your paper. Sometimes, those end up being the best ideas you come up with. Keep an open mind about everything that pops into your head. Make sure you write everything down, it may make sense to you when you come back to it later.
6. Start broad and then focus in.
When you first brainstorm ideas, you should be coming up with as many ideas as you can for your topic. Once you have done that, you need to pick your kind thoughts and focus in on them. Begin to build branches and webs of supporting details for your best ideas. This is where an idea starts to turn into a plan. Once you have done this, you can begin to take action and bring your ideas to life.