- Make it a habit to purposefully pause and notice things.
- Focus your creative energies on just a few topic areas that you genuinely care about and work on these purposefully for several weeks or months.
- Avoid being too narrow in the way you define your problem or topic area; purposefully try broader definitions and see what insights you gain.
- Try to come up with original and useful ideas by making novel associations among what you already know.
- When you need creative ideas, remember: attention, escape, and movement.
- Pause and carefully examine ideas that make you laugh the first time you hear them.
- Recognize that your streams of thought and patterns of judgment are not inherently right or wrong; they are just what you think now based primarily on patterns from your past.
- Make a deliberate effort to harvest, develop, and implement at least a few of the ideas you generate.