Ideas are what allow you to turn a dream into reality. But coming up with new ideas isn’t always the light bulb experience that others seem to have. In order to stimulate your brain, you need to have tools ready to capture your ideas and turn them into action steps. These five ways of brainstorming can be tapped at any time and can help with a number of different entrepreneur avenues. Try one or try them all.
1. Paper and Pencil
The best ideas are often the ones that come to you when you don’t have a piece of paper ready. Instead of feeling like the best idea possible just slipped from your mind, you need to have a ‘net’ in which to catch them. Some ideas include:
- A small pad of paper and pen – Bring this with you wherever you go.
- Smart phone notes – Use a note-taking feature in your phone.
Whenever you have a new idea, write it down. While this sounds simple, this will become a habit that will then become a book of ideas and brainstorming. The next time you’re stuck on what to do next, all you need to do is to look at your notebook.
2. Mastermind Groups
If you aren’t already a part of a mastermind group, you need to find one and join. This group will help you to check in with other people who understand your entrepreneur issues, but they can also listen to ideas, give you feedback, and then let you know what you can do next. Though you won’t be able to spend the entire time in the group talking about your needs, this group is an invaluable resource.
3. Mobile Apps
Whether you have the latest iPhone or Android or a more simple model, there are applications that can allow you to create notes, outlines, or mindmaps. Try out a few of these applications to see what works best for you. Many of these can produce results that can then be sent to your email, so you can have your brainstorming in multiple formats, in multiple locations. Your ideas will follow you everywhere and anywhere.
4. Digital Voice Recorder
Sometimes you might talk to yourself in the car or at home when thinking about a business issue or idea. When your words move faster than a pen can, you will want to invest in a digital voice recorder. Just turn it on as you talk, to collect your ideas and play them back later. Or you can speak into a dictation software program to write down your ideas without picking up a pen.
5. Facebook and Twitter
Some people like to brainstorm on their social media accounts because you can receive instant and honest feedback. The more you do this, the more people will look to help you and respond to your ideas. Post an idea you’re toying with and see what others have to say. You might be surprised at the angles others can find in your idea and the ways that you can improve your business as a result.
Brainstorming is something many people take for granted, but when you’re trying to develop or to grow your own business, you need to continue to think and to expand on your own great ideas. And this means tracking your ideas, finding out where they will lead, and then using what you find in the process.