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10 Ways To Come Up With Brilliant Breakthrough Ideas

10 Ways To Come Up With Brilliant Breakthrough Ideas

Whatever phase you are going through in life, whether you are finding your passion, developing at work or searching ways to balance your life, a great idea can lead you towards success. Situations come when, you are feeling stuck in life or you encounter problems at work, but unable to solve it. You realize that you need to think outside the box to improve the situation, but you’re not certain what that thing might be. Just one excellent idea can completely change the situation; you might need several unique ideas on a consistent basis. Breakthrough ideas don’t come up with luck, but a combination of brainstorming, thinking creatively, deviation and rearranging. Here are some guidelines to come up with a breakthrough idea.

1. Find your passion

When creative people are passionate about their work, they usually love what they do. They are motivated by the work because of the challenges and the gratification it provides. Many research studies have suggested that internal motivation raises creativity, while other extrinsic motivational aspects such as monetary rewards damage productivity and truly original ideas.

2. Believe in breakthrough ideas

Strangely, this basic idea to get minds around and believing that a breakthrough is possible is the most difficult part for people. There is a simple fact that if you are seeking an innovative idea then, it means that your brain is proficient in creating such idea.  Your “sense” recognizing a problem or thinking about the solution to encounter that problem, is a positive sign that your brain is capable of delivering the good.

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You will always find hurdles to implement the idea. Though, you will always come up with creative ideas and new approaches that jump those hurdles.

3. Work with the information

Whenever you encounter a problem, think long and hard about the problem. Brainstorm as many ideas as you can to eradicate the problem. Get as much information as you can and go over the material, look into every detail. Learn all the information about the topic that you’re interested in. Don’t give up — stretch your mind and exhaust your brain until you come up with the solution.

4. Don’t think about unnecessary questions “what” and “how.”

Most of the time we waste our time and resources by thinking about unnecessary things like “what” the goal you’re looking for, like searching for a great idea for a new product. The “how” involves the ways you look to achieve those objectives in the past.

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You look for a great idea because your “how” isn’t leading you to your “what.” Therefore, further thinking about “what” and “how” will knock your head against the wall, which ultimately stops you from achieving success. 

5. Intensively think about “why.”

The question “why” drives you to reach your questions mentioned above: “what” and “how.” For instance, in most cases, you don’t look for a solution to a problem, but to feel a sense of relief and gratification, once the problem is resolved.  That’s your “why.”

Similarly, before launching a new product idea, you need the certain knowledge and assessment about how you are going to improve people’s lives; only then you will feel the achievement by changing the world.

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6. Be flexible

Whenever you are “struck,” find an inspiration to change the course of your life. Generally, these new ideas lead you in an entirely new direction that had not occurred previously. These “break thought ideas” become the innovations which can change the situation completely.

7. Embrace uncertainty

Creativity comes out from a progression of unplanned influences, imaginative and corresponding thoughts, unforeseen calamities, and at unforeseen times.

That means if you stay calm in the middle of intense uncertainty and defect situations, you will be aware that uncertainty is the introduction to your creative thoughts. When you embrace uncertainty, you embrace creativity.

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8. Share your idea with the world

 Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and ideas with others. Be willing to share them directly with the critics around you. They will help you to form it into a more realistic idea. Let them highlight the weaknesses and flaws of the idea, and remedies to correct them.

9. Keep doing hard work

We all are aware that no success comes overnight. Behind every success there is years of hard work and struggle. Successful entrepreneurs always believe in giving 100% efforts toward everything they do. By giving your best effort, by no means you will have any intention for regrets. Always keep focusing on things you are doing, stay concentrated on your work, and accept the results.

10. Write down everything

Many studies have suggested that writing down thoughts decreases our stress and boosts comfort, in accumulation this is a brilliant way to come up with breakthrough ideas. Write down as many prospects and ideas as you can think of.  Whatever you have written down are potential intuitions.  They might lead to breakthroughs.

 

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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    Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

    The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

    But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

    However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

    This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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    Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

    We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

    Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

    Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

    The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

    When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

    When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

    How to Make Decision Effectively

    Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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    1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

    You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

    Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

    Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

    2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

    You don’t have to choose all the time.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

    Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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    3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

    You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

    The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

    Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

    Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

    So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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