Wednesday, May 16, 2018

3 effective brainstorm techniques to keep your inpiration turned on


I promised you a Wednesday wisdom inspiration series.
This is a response to bloggers and artists that might feel stuck and without any inspiration.
I wrote about this last week in: Finding your divine inspiration. 

This post talks about why we get stuck and how to make sure that you unblock your creativity block.
Today I want to dive a bit deeper into the way that you can use brainstorming to get inspired. So, I am going to give you: 3 effective brainstorm techniques to keep your inspiration turned on
These are actually really fun and simple to do.
There is only one rule to brainstorming though:
Do not shoot down any of your ideas! 

Brainstorming is all about it letting it flow. When you start to think about the outcome of the idea too much, you are just blocking yourself again. 

So here is a basic one and a fun fact is that this was created by Jung.
It's the flower association 

You put your theme of brainstorm in the middle and you associate around it. 
Like so: 
As you can see from mine my ideas range from my niche, to my style, to my wish to do themes and also generally what is important in blogging.

The next one I am going to share with you is the mindmap technique. 
This eleborates more on the basic flower association.


Now I allowed to myself to brainstorm from my sub themes.
I thought it would be fun to use the tree mindmap that is very common. The thicker branches represent a sub theme and the thinner ones are the ideas that I have around this theme. Notice that my mindmap is far from perfect. The point for is not the perfection of them mindmap itself and how it looks, but it's about generating more ideas. I did have a little fun with aquarel crayons to create that pretty background. It just adds a little to the inspiration itself in my opinion.

The final brainstorm technique I want to share with you today is the idea of reversed brainstorm.
This is incredibly fun to do! It will probably make you laugh a lot, because it's about getting a bit silly.
You take a problem or theme and you write down all the things you can think of for it to be a failure.
When you look at what you've written down, and reverse that back to positive you may get a good idea of the things that are actually essential to do.
So from the list below a few examples when you reverse it back to positive
-Do not pester others to read your blog
-Write consistently
-Care about what you write 




Thanks for visiting my post about brainstorming.
Now what are brainstorming techniques that inspire you? Do you use any different ones?
As you know, I will return the love given on my blog. All you have to do is make sure to leave your link in the comment and I will hop on over to your blog. 


Love,
Rainbow



26 comments:

  1. I love how colourful your brainstorms are Rose! I really should do this a whole lot more, I can't remember the last time I just scribbled all of my ideas down! x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!
      It's refreshing and I love the process of it too! Go for it Ellis :) x

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  2. This is such an interesting technique! They're so colourful too, which I imagine can be really helpful! I find putting my ideas down on paper to be so useful!
    Hels xx
    Www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. It deffo is useful :) It keeps the inspiration coming :) So, I love doing it as well!
      Thank you for visiting :)

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  3. I always used brainstorms/mindmaps for revision when at school so definitely might try using them for blogging too! Love the idea of the last technique too, never tried that before! Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Yes, I love using all of them. In preperation of my post I had so much fun doing it. And I got more inspiration out of it myself.
      Especially the last exercise made me laugh a bunch. I'm even considering doing a vlog on that one ^^

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  4. Awesome idea, my dear! I'll surely give it a try, thanks for sharing ♡

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    1. Thanks for reading and stopping by :)
      You are welcome. Let me know how it works out for you!

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  5. I absolutely love how you said to care about what you write because I made the mistake when I first started my blog to get sucked into what I thought people wanted to read which made blogging and the entire process such a bore. So so so important to care and be proud of everything you post!

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    1. Certainly lily. It is like finding a good balance between writing what you love and seeing how it can be useful for others too. I get my inspiration out of issues i see going around the blogosphere and see how i can answer this from my own niche and qualities so that I don't get stuck.

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  6. These are fabulous ideas to get the creative juices flowing! I’ve never heard of a reverse brainstorm before but think it’s really clever idea and looks fun to do. I wonder if writing down the opposite subconsciously encourages you to do the reverse. Also, your mind map is so pretty, I love those colours! You have really encouraged me to get brainstorming. Thank you for the inspiration lovely xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. The reverse brainstorm is so funny! It is guaranteed to give you a giggle in the process. I am so happy that you thought it was useful. Let me know how it works out for you :)

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  7. I've never heard of reverse brainstorming but its such a wonderful idea! I think its so important in the figuring out process of what you do want, to know what you don't! Great post lovely, thanks for sharing your techniques!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Yes, it is deffo important to also know what you don't want to do.
      That is what makes that we can focus on the good stuff instead.
      I hope they help you :)

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  8. My DH uses mind maps and so does my daughter, although I haven't found them that useful in the past. But I haven't tried reverse brainstorming yet so maybe I'll have to give that a go! Thank you for sharing your tips, and the visuals too, really helpful! x

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Lisa. I know that mindmaps aren't for everyone. At first I had some aversions because we HAD to do them in school and anything you HAVE to do, takes the fun out of it.
      So i understand :)

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  9. Thank you for these ideas, I hadn't even thought about mind maps for blogging, the reverse idea is a great thought too!

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    1. They can be really helpful to organize your ideas :)
      I do like an open brainstorm too to get the ideas flowing. Just a good old list with your ideas.

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  10. I love the idea of the tree method! I could definitely see myself using that. Not shooting down ideas as soon as I get them is something I need to work on though! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It is hard at first I admit. But when you let that go, you find that it's fun. Even if you have completely useless ideas in between the good ones it at least keeps things flowing. I swear i wrote; pink elephant down once. Just for the sake of a pink elephant coming to mind. I wonder how though! Lol

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  11. These brainstorm techniques are so helpful and innovative - I never would have thought about doing a reverse brainstorm but it's such a good idea, especially when you're feeling a little overwhelmed/stuck for motivation and inspiration. The tree mind map is so brilliant too, especially for those times when we're drowning in ideas and not sure where to go with them. I love how colourful and unique your brainstorm techniques are, such a useful and uplifting post! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Wonderful compliment Sophie and very happily recieved.
      I am so glad that you like these techniques. You are right, sometimes even when we drown in ideas we need a way of catogorizing them and the mindmap is just perfect for that.
      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

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  12. Love the idea of the reverse brainstorm! Never tried this before but I'm thinking I could use it not just to brainstorm ideas, but to also make sense of situations that I'm stressed out about.

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  13. Wow these are great ideas! I live how thorough you are! I used to do the flower technique all the time, and I should really get back into it because it used to be really helpful for me. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I've heard of and done the first two but the reverse brainstorm is a really good idea! I often worry about failing things and I think writing these down and flipping it will help you focus on what you need to do.

    Sarah
    www.thesroad.com

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  15. I love this blog post because I've been trying to find ways to brainstorm effectively - especially when I want to roll out a new post. I love how creative you got with the treemap. I haven't heard of reversed brainstorming before. This reminds me of how Apple made an effective marketing lingo. Thanks for sharing :)!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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