I was listening to a pod cast with James Altucher.  He explained one of his daily tasks that I thought was worth sharing.  Every day he writes down ten ideas.  He may write down ten ideas about how he can grow his business, ten ideas how have a better relationship with his wife or even ten ideas on how Coke could make its products better.  It doesn’t matter, just write down ten ideas.

There are two big benefits from this.  First, James does this to keep his problem solving skills fresh.  Second, this is a way to force yourself to stretch your own ideas.  If you spend a few days writing down ideas on how to solve your client’s problem, you are going to come up with some new and good ideas.  Sure, you will come up with a lot of tired or even bad ideas but that is ok.  This practice is similar to the 20 ideas in 20 minutes I’ve written about and have suggested to my clients in the past.  Those that actually do it have pushed themselves to new levels.

I think the ten a day will be a little less stressful and longer lasting.  I start today.