write 10 ideas daily
- 4 or 5 is easy, but 6 is getting harder. re: exercise
“if you can’t come up with ten ideas, come up with 20 ideas”
- don’t try to write down good ideas—write any. focusing on 20 ideas lower the bar
- you shouldn’t care if the ideas is a good one
how to execute:
write first step for the idea
- (re: GTD next-actions)
“I make a list of ideas and then I usually just throw them out.”
- the purpose of the activity is exercise
- if there is a good idea, you will probably remember it
it doesn’t have to be business ideas.
- “the key is to have fun with it. else you don’t do it”
“Here’s some types of lists I make:”
- IDEA SEX. Combine two ideas to come up with a better idea. Don’t forget that idea evolution works much faster than human evolution. You will ALWAYS come up with better ideas after generations of idea sex. This is the DNA of all idea generation.
- OLD TO NEW: 10 old ideas I can make new. (Dorothy, Wall Street, etc). Similar to idea sex.
- 10 ridiculous things I would invent (the smart toilet, etc).
- 10 books I can write (The Choose Yourself Guide to an Alternative Education, etc).
- 10 business ideas for Google / Amazon / Twitter / you
- 10 people I can send ideas to
- 10 podcast ideas I can do. Or videos I can shoot. (“Lunch with James”, a video podcast where I just have lunch with people over Skype and we chat).
- 10 industries I can remove the middleman.
- 10 Things I Disagree With that everyone else assumes is religion (college, home ownership, voting, doctors). Or, for any one of those ideas. 10 ideas why!
- 10 ways to make old posts of mine and make books out of them
- 10 ways I can surprise Claudia. (Actually, more like 100 ways. That’s hard work!)
- 10 items I can put on my “10 list ideas I usually write” list
- 10 people I want to be friends with and I figure out what the next steps are to contact them (Azaelia Banks, I’m coming after you! Larry Page better watch out also.)
- 10 things I learned yesterday.
- 10 things I can do differently today. Right down my entire routine from beginning to end as detailed as possible and change one thing and make it better.
- 10 chapters for my next book
- 10 ways I can save time. For instance, don’t watch TV, drink, have stupid business calls, don’t play chess during the day, don’t have dinner (I definitely will not starve), don’t go into the city to meet one person for coffee, don’t waste time being angry at that person who did X, Y, and Z to you, and so on.
- 10 Things I Learned from X. Where X is someone I’ve spoke to recently or read a book by recently. I’ve written posts on this about the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Steve Jobs, Bukowski, the Dalai Lama, Superman, Freakonomics, etc.
- Random: 10 Things Women Totally Don’t Know About Men. (that turned into a list of 100 and Claudia said to me, “uhhh, I don’t think you should publish this”).
- Today’s list: 10 More Alternative to College I can Add to my book: “40 Alternatives to College”.
- 10 Things I’m Interested in Getting Better At (and then 10 ways I can get better at each one).
- 10 things I was interested in as a kid that might be fun to explore now. (Like, maybe I can write that “Son of Dr. Strange” comic I’ve always been planning. And now I need 10 plot ideas).
- A problem I have and ten ways I might try and solve it. This has saved me with the IRS countless times. Unfortunately, the Department of Motor Vehicles is impervious to my super powers.
give ideas away for free
- if you ask for pay, you’ll developing a scarcity complex. you’re aiming at infinite ideas, so abundance mentality is better here