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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 May 22, 2019

The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right for You to Boost Productivity?

The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right for You to Boost Productivity?

If you spend any time at all researching life hacks, you’ve probably heard of the famous Pomodoro Technique.

Created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is one of the more popular time management life hacks used today. But this method isn’t for everyone, and for every person who is a passionate adherent of the system, there is another person who is critical of the results.

Is the Pomodoro Technique right for you? It’s a matter of personal preference. But if you are curious about the benefits of using the technique, this article will break down the basic information you will need to decide if this technique is worth trying out.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.

The process is simple:

For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically.

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You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes.

Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato as his personal timer, and thus the method’s name.

After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you then take a 15-20 minute break.

Every time you finish a pomodoro, you mark your progress with an “X”, and note the number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task for each 25-minute chunk of time.

How the Pomodoro Technique boosts your productivity

Frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. According to the official Pomodoro website, the system is easy to use and you will see results very quickly:

“You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.”

If you have a large and varied to-do list, using the Pomodoro Technique can help you crank through projects faster by forcing you to adhere to strict timing.

Watching the timer wind down can spur you to wrap up your current task more quickly, and spreading a task over two or three pomodoros can keep you from getting frustrated.

The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating.

You’ll grow to “respect the tomato”, and that can help you to better handle your workload.

Successful people who love it

Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog is a fan of the system, and has compiled a great list of Apple-compatible Pomodoro tools.

Before he started using the technique, he said,

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“Sometimes I couldn’t figure out how to organize a single day in my calendar, simply because I would jump around to all sorts of projects and never get even one of them accomplished.”

Another proponent of the Pomodoro Technique is Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal. Shellenbarger tried out this system along with several other similar methods for time management, and said,

“It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient; refreshed by breaks, for example, I halved the total time required to fact-check a column.”

Any cons for the Pomodoro Technique?

Despite the number of Pomodoro-heads out there, the system isn’t without its critics. Colin T. Miller, a Yahoo! employee and blogger, tried using the Pomodoro Technique and had some issues:[1]

“Pomodoros are an all or nothing affair. Either you work for 25 minutes straight to mark your X or you don’t complete a pomodoro. Since marking that X is the measurable sign of progress, you start to shy away from engaging in an activity if it won’t result in an X. For instance…meetings get in the way of pomodoros. Say I have a meeting set for 4:30pm. It is currently 4:10pm, meaning I only have 20 minutes between now and the meeting…In these instances I tend to not start a pomodoro because I won’t have enough time to complete it anyway.”

Another critic is Mario Fusco, who argues that the Pomodoro Technique is…well…sort of ridiculous:[2]

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“Aren’t we really able to keep ourselves concentrated without a timer ticketing on our desk?… Have you ever seen a civil engineer using a timer to keep his concentration while working on his projects?… I think that, like any other serious professional, I can stay concentrated on what I am doing for hours… Bring back your timer to your kitchen and start working in a more professional and effective way.”

Conclusion

One of the best things about the Pomodoro Technique is that it’s free. Yeah, you can fork over some bills to get a tomato-shaped timer if you want… or you can use any timer program on your computer or phone. So even if you try it and hate it, you haven’t lost any cash.

The process isn’t ideal for every person, or in any line of work. But if you need a systematic way to tackle your daily to-do list, the Pomodoro Technique may fit your needs.

If you want to learn more about the Pomodoro Technique, check out this article: How to Make the Pomodoro Technique More Productive

Reference

[1] Aspirations of a Software Developer: A Month of the Pomodoro Technique
[2] InfoQ: A Critique of the Pomodoro Technique

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