Coping with new ideas and decide on which to take action

Daaf Bleumink


Your brain is like an ocean. Endless waves of new creative ideas are flowing 🌊. You pick the ones you ride or skip. This article will help you make that choice more easily.

“Everyone has an idea. But it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea.”

~ Jack Dorsey | Twitter

How ideas arise

The best ideas arise when you don’t expect them. You cannot force an idea, but you can put your brain in a state that makes cooking up ideas easier.

This state is called “mind-wandering”. You reach this state particularly well whilst doing brainless activities. For example when you're on the train, staring out of a window or taking a walk. The last idea I got whilst mind-wandering, was one I call the networking idea. In this article I will take this idea as an example.

Networking idea?

The idea basically boils down to “expanding my network with regional self employed creative talent”. Being a self employed programmer, a valuable network is essential. I have decided to step it up a notch by involving my network in every project, always.

For me, it's one of those things that just makes sense. Work with people you like, do stuff you love and the results will be awesome! Practical example: I always work with at least one designer on a project. I never do projects alone. If the project asks for it, I include a copy writer, photographer, marketeer or even an additional back-end developer.

Is the idea worth it?

After coming up with an idea, it’s important to determine whether it’s worth executing or not. For an idea like the network idea, it's fairly easy. You increase the quality — and thus the value — of your product considerably by having specialists take over the parts outside of your expertise. By doing this, your client receives the best service, quality and result.

Got a product idea? Try this.

  1. Create a working prototype within seven days
  2. Realised a working prototype? Good, then it's worth perfecting and using.
  3. Unable to realise a working prototype? Don't panic. Keep a list of unrealised projects/ideas so that, when you have enough resources, you can come back to them.

Work out your idea

Working out your idea is not the same as executing it. Think of this as making a plan of action for a project. To link this back to the network idea, it is actually as simple as creating a profile for the partners in my network.

  • Why are my partners doing what they do?
  • What do I expect from them?
  • How and why should we collaborate?

Once these partner-profiles are clear to me, it’s just a matter of execution and finding those beautiful people.

Why is working out your idea so important?

You'll want to have a clear, concrete vision of your idea on paper. By doing that, you can see whether your idea is realistic or not. I try to visualize all these steps whilst reading them. This way I make sure nothing is being overlooked.

Implementing the idea

Finally — when you are over the moon about your idea — it's time to implement it. Due to the thorough preparation, this should go fairly smoothly. I'm sure you will see the fruits of your labor in no time!

Are you full of ideas and don’t know what to do with them? Write them down. Always.

Hopefully you got some inspiration from my train of thought. If so, let me know by commenting or send me a Tweet!

How do you deal with your ideas? Please let me know!

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