I Dare You to Write a List of 100

To celebrate our 6th weekend of creativity challenges, we are breaking out the big guns and exploring an idea that may just completely blow your mind. That is the point of this creativity-challenge-thing, right?

The concept is described in depth on the litemind.com site in an article by Luciano Passuello. In a nutshell, the list of 100 is just what it says. Write a list of 100 reasons or ideas to solve a certain problem or question. It seems so simple, but completely ridiculous. One hundred, really?

The beauty is in the repetition and quantity of answers. There is a pattern with how your mind works. With the first 30 answers, you will find the normal expected solutions. The next 40 are the toughest, with the mind still trying to hold onto the logical first 30. The final 30 are the goldmine, where your subconscious takes over and you start really thinking outside of the box.

Check out the article here. It is a fascinating concept to get past the mental hurdles of over-thinking things and let your mind run free. The article even has a list of “100 Things to Write a List of 100 About”.

A few favorites:

#10) 100 Things I’d Do if I Had Time

#20 ) 100 Ways to Make a Difference

#68) 100 Things I Could Carry in My Pocket

#87) 100 Principles to Live By

#80) 100 Tasks I’ve Been Procrastinating

and of course:

#67) 100 Ways to Be More Creative

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One Response to “Weekend Creativity Challenge #6”

  1. Emily 05/15/2010 at 9:26 AM #

    Lisa,
    I love this! There is really something to getting past the easy and expected answers. Finding the next lot, and the next! (Sounds like it could me made into some kind of really awesome dinner/lunch conversation!)

    Cheers,

    emily