Reading has always been regarded as the key source of knowledge and imagination, but let it be truly efficient! Inite has prepared for you some tips on conscious reading and some recommendations on deliberate texts about idea generation.

Efficient Reading

Find the Reason

Remember the Content

Next, be sure to make associations. All the new is the overlooked old. Make the most of this concept and remind yourself about the texts that resemble the one you are reading now. Then, don’t be afraid to waste your time rereading important passages or chapters. Don’t hesitate to make notes you can use later. You are not here to read quickly, your target is to read intelligently.

Choose the Right Level

Analytical involves a thoughtful perception of the information with figuring out key topics and listing the major parts of the work in order and relation.

Syntopical is an advanced analytical reading: you are supposed to read several books on the same topic to go deep into the matter and to observe the problem from different angles. This is what we recommend you to do with our list of recommendations.

Food for Thought

Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 2013

After 30 years of constant research, Csikszentmihalyi develops the idea that creativity is a socially determined process. He defines it as the result of interactions between the thoughts of an individual and a socio-cultural context. Next, he offers readers some advice on boosting ideas generation. The first one is the cultivation of curiosity that can be achieved via such simple tasks as surprising at least one person a day, trying a new peculiar dish, and keeping a journal of impressions.

The second piece of advice is the creation of the flow in life. This can be implemented by waking up with an exact goal in mind daily. The third recommendation is the development of personal strength with the help of scheduling chores, relaxing, and forming some creative space.

The fourth method is the integration in personality traits via sifting between openness and closure and choosing complexity. The fifth piece of advice is the application of creative energy by finding and solving a problem. The final method is the stimulation of divergent thinking. For this, ideas should be born in an impressive quantity and high originality.

A Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young, 1940

Apart from the abstract attitude to creativity formation, Young figures out a five-step technique of ideas generation. They are: gathering material, working it over, stepping away from the problem, letting the flood of ideas come in, and testing them in the real world. The author claims that the formation of ideas comes only after the ground for them was prepared, and the strains were pushed aside.

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques, Michael Michalko, 2006

Michalko’s exercises are divided into linear and intuitive categories. For example, he proposes the Cherry Split six-step method to take a challenge apart and then reassemble the parts of the problem into new ideas. The first step is to describe a challenge in two words, the second is to split the concept into two separate units. The third step is to divide each attribute into two more attributes. Next, these attributes should be divided into smaller concepts till you feel the division is complete. Then, all the tiny parts of the problem should be explored for ideas. The last step is to reassemble the attributes and to make a new picture out of this puzzle.

Another method of his is called the Stone Soup. It derives from fantasy questions the author offers you to think about. These are the examples: “What if you had eyes in the back of your head as well as the front?”, “What if you could eat clouds for breakfast?” Next, Michalko gives some recommendations on finding answers: to stipulate the challenge, to list as many “what if” scenarios as possible, and to answer questions posed by these scenarios.

Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linker, 2011

Linker points out the key blocks to creativity: self-doubt, resistance, bureaucracy, aversion to risk, and fear of failure. To fight them, the author recommends readers to compare the creative flood with jazz, so that they could stay in the moment, and keep on developing their skills. Next, he points out that the quality of idea generation depends on the state of the so-called creative muscle that consists of awareness, curiosity, imagination, synthesis, and memory.

Borrowing Brilliance, David Kord Murray, 2009

The first three steps are defined as the origin of a creative idea. The author recommends defining the problem you’re seeking to solve, borrowing ideas from places with similar problems, and combining the borrowed ideas. Murray claims that every new idea requires a process of trial and error, so the analysis of others’ experiences forms the efficiency.

The second three steps are described as the evolution of a creative idea. First, the found combinations should be incubated into a solution. Next, the strengths and weaknesses of this solution should be identified. Finally, weak points of the strategy should be eliminated for the strong ones to be enhanced.

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Conclusion

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