Do you ever get that stuck feeling? Like you’re trying to solve a problem, but you’re not coming up with any good ideas?
It can be really frustrating when you know you need to think creatively, but your mind is blocked.
When I get stuck like this, I use a trick called “100 Ways to [blank].” The idea is to brain dump all of the ideas you can think of no matter how far-fetched or insane they might seem. The wackier, the better!
When you force yourself to write without limits, you’ll come up with the usual solutions, of course, but then you’ll discover little gems of wisdom that your logical mind couldn’t conceive.
Click here to download my “100 Ways to Change Your Life” worksheet, and here’s how you can get yourself unstuck.
Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. Title your worksheet “100 Ways to Lose Weight.” Set a timer for 1 hour, and then start listing any ideas you have that are ways to lose weight.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried these ideas before or if you have no intention of ever doing these things. The point is to get your mind to stretch into new ways of thinking, be creative, and see opportunities that you may not have noticed before.
The first 25 items will be no-brainer ideas (count calories, park farther way from stores’ entrances).
Your ideas for 26-50 will push you out of your comfort zone (march in place when I’m on the phone, brush my teeth after every meal).
Ideas 51-75 will open up parts of your brain to out-of-the-box ways of thinking (get a haircut, move to the moon).
And ideas 76-100…well, that’s where the real magic happens. You’ll probably surprise yourself with the imaginative solutions you come up with. Don’t discount them even if they seem crazy! Just let them flow.
Make sure you do this exercise with a set time limit (usually 1 hour). It’s the sense of urgency that helps you come up with these original ideas.
Now, whenever you get stuck on this problem in the future, you’ll have 100 ways to solve it. And you can keep adding to the list!
Need some inspiration? Try these problem-solvers:
- 100 Ways to Lose Weight
- 100 Ways to Show Love to My Kids
- 100 Ways to Make New Friends
- 100 Ways to Save Money
- 100 Ways to Find a Fantastic Job
- 100 Ways to De-Stress My Life
- 100 Ways to Make My Home a Haven
“There are no problems, only solutions.” John Lennon. Tweet this!
What problem or situation is causing you to get stuck?