12 Tools For Generating Infinite Ideas With Ease — Part 03

Maxwell Akin
4 min readSep 14, 2022

On September 10th, of 2022, “12 Tools For Generating Infinite Ideas With Ease — Part 02” was published.

And, well, this is sequel to that part; you get the idea.

So, with that out of the way, here are three more tools you can use to generate infinite ideas with ease!

Set A Quota

Right within your very depths, there exists an infinite number of ideas.

Without a way of bringing these ideas out, you won’t be able to make use of them.

To solve this little problem, you can set a quota.

A quota for ideas.

Just as an example, you can state your question/theme/problem — whatever it is — and, then, set a quota for ten ideas.

You must then come up with ten ideas for what it is that you are focused on.

To really make this work, it helps to do two things:

  • While coming up with ideas, focus only on that
  • Set a big quota, such as 30 or 40 or even 100 ideas.

Regarding the former, this makes it easier to get into a “flow state” and prevents you from interrupting that state.

Regarding the latter, this is so that you have a lot of ideas to work with.

Many of your ideas might lack the “certain something”, as it were, that you’re looking for.

But, some of them will offer just what you’re looking for, which is exactly what you need.

Sometimes, though, no matter how many ideas you come up with, there’s a problem.

A problem that is a little tricky to pin down, but may have its roots in the problem you need ideas for.

To solve that problem, please read on…

Restate Your Problem

Every problem is an idea that leads to other ideas.

The same is true of questions, themes, topics; and an abundance of other things.

You can restate your problem and, in doing so, give birth to a new idea.

A new idea that will lead to a wealth of new ideas.

Many of these new ideas will differ from the ideas that arise when you engage with the same problem worded in a different manner.

Just as an example, let’s say you want to make more money.

You can sum up your problem as a question that goes something like “How can I make more money?”

You can come up with a lot of ideas that solve the problem this question contains.

Some of these ideas may be very good. But, some of them might lack what you are looking for.

You can take that problem, and the question used to contain it, and restate it in many other ways.

One other way might be “What can I do to make more money in my current field?”

Or, just as another example, “How can I earn more money, while working the same hours?”

Each one of these questions contains the same basic problem.

But, at the same time, they are new ideas and, as such, will give birth to new ideas.

Some of these new ideas will, depending on what you’re looking for, be far more useful than the ideas that arise when you ask “How can I make more money?”

To make the most of this tool, set a quota for “problem statements”.

Or, again, “question statements”, “topic statements”, “theme statements”; whatever it is you’re looking for.

Right after setting this quota, come up with new ways of framing what it is that you need ideas for.

You can then work with the statements that encapsulate your problem and allow ideas to arise with ease.

Describe & Describe

Just as outlined in the previous section, every problem and question and theme and topic is, when stated a certain way, its own idea.

This is true of descriptions, as well.

You can describe a particular space, for example, in one particular way.

And, in doing so, you have a unique idea.

You can describe that same space in a different way and, in doing so, you will have a new idea.

No matter the description, you will have a new idea that leads to a wealth of other ideas.

Given this fact, one of the most enjoyable ways of generating new ideas is to describe something.

To describe something that relates to what it is you need ideas for.

Or, perhaps, just to describe something, for the fun of it.

You can describe:

  • A space
  • A passion
  • A vocation
  • A path
  • A person
  • A theme
  • A topic
  • A memory
  • A concept
  • A path

And so on and so forth.

No matter what you describe, each description will serve as its own unique idea.

You can play with this idea in whatever way you want to.

Or, you can use this idea to further expand on the problem you are facing and the solution you seek.

Just as an example, you can not only restate your problem, but describe, in multiple ways, the specifics of your problem and your intended goal.

Doing so will conjure a wealth of new ideas previously unavailable to you.

To make this method truly effective, it helps to set a quota.

With that quota in mind, you can begin describing and, in describing, generating new ideas.

Conclusion

Everything you interact with is, on some level, a unique idea.

You can transform these ideas, in ways both subtle and significant, to transform your world.

Or, you can transform these ideas and use them to give rise to new, more desirable, ideas.

Really, there are quite a few possibilities available to you.

No matter the possibilities you choose to pursue, though, thank you so much for reading this essay!

As always, if you want to reach me, you can do so at “maxwellcakin@gmail.com”.

Best wishes, and have a lovely day!

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Maxwell Akin

Hey! I’m Max! I Hope You Enjoy What You’re Reading, And If You Want To Reach Me For Any Reason At All, You Can Do So At “maxwellcakin@gmail.com”.