Making Lists will help you find your muse
"THE BEST WAY TO GET GOOD IDEAS IS TO GET LOTS OF IDEAS, AND THROW THE BAD ONES AWAY."
Lists are valuable tools that can help you get the creative juices going and may be the inspiration you need to move forward. Lists can help you find solutions to problems, and root out new ideas that you can expand upon. Whether a product of a group brainstorming session or created by a single person looking for a creative kick in the pants, lists have had a history of inspiring. Just take a look at the Ten Commandments or the Bill of Rights.
Lists are not only great for remembering what you need to buy at the grocery store; they are also great tools which can help you find your muse. Making lists of problems, solutions, ideas, plans and possibilities can help you gain perspective and scope and ignite that long dormant creative spark.
Lists and problem solving
Listing a problem and then all of the possible solutions to the problem will help you wrap your head around the whole scenario and find a creative scenario that works. One of the best ways to get a good list of solutions is to tackle a problem and to make a list as a group. During your brainstorming session, write down the problem at the top of the whiteboard (or whatever you are using) and then start listing the possible solutions that everyone comes up with:
Problem: Ideas on how lists can help you
- Remembering things at the supermarket
- Getting weekend chores done
- Finding solutions to problems
- Coming up with family vacation ideas
- Finding ways to spend your tax refund
- Possible career moves
When making a list, feel free to list whatever comes up as long as it is valid and not overly redundant. List making time is not the time for censorship or editing; that comes later with further contemplation and discussion. A list is just a good starting point and a way to get the creative juices flowing.