As I am writing down topics for future posts, I decided to observe where my ideas come from. The word “idea” has a few meanings. The first most typical meaning according to Merriam-Webster is “a formulated thought or opinion”, which is close to what I mean.
When I think about what I am observing for the purpose of this post, I envision those random, surprising, out of nowhere new bits of thought. They don’t always feel all the way developed or refined, which is what the word “formulated” makes me think. However, the ideas that I’m thinking about feel like the thoughts transformed into new thoughts, and that is “formulated” enough.
Have I bored you yet? Okay, let’s get down to business. With this meaning of the word “idea” in mind, here are the conditions that help me come up with new ideas.