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Mini Challenge: The 100 Idea List

Listing out 100 ideas in one sitting gets your mind to expand beyond the usual answers. In general there is a cycle your mind will go through during the process. The first 30 ideas are likely to be the usual suspects. The second batch of roughly 30 ideas gives you some garbage, stupidity, and far fetched. The last ideas usually force the boundaries resulting in something really useful and interesting.

100 Idea List Guidelines

     Do it in one sitting, don’t get up until you are done (quick pee break allowed only if you don’t do anything else before sitting down again)
     Time it to an hour or other pre-determined amount of time.
     Any idea is fine as long as you could technically do it. The technically part is key otherwise your mind will fill in the blanks with stuff that won’t work at all just to get the job done.
     No repeats. This one is optional but I find if I have thought of the idea already I am better off discarding so that I force my mind into other solutions. I do allow for variations on a core idea.
What to write on…figure out a need – blog post ideas for the year – and then write on it. As a gratitude exercise – 100 things I am grateful for. Figure out a way to stretch your mind – 100 things I want to know before I die.
Do on a regular basis throughout the year and have fun with the results. You would be surprised on ways you might use the ideas later.

Your 100 Ideas – What to Write On

Write on a Current Problem or Need
For example if you have a blog then you are always looking for blog post ideas for the year. List out the ideas and then later follow through and decide on which ones to actually write on.
As a Gratitude Exercise
Practicing gratitude as a morning habit is a great way to start your day. Having a 100 gratitude list means you have plenty to focus on just when you wake up saving your decision making for other parts of your day.
Stretch Your Mind
There are many ways to stretch your mind such as 100 things I want to know before I die. Do the list of 100 on a regular basis throughout the year and have fun with the results. You would be surprised on ways you might use the ideas later.

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