What does it mean to have creative insights, and how can we prepare to identify them as opposed to general tidbits of good information? Over on the Teehan+Lax blog, Kyra Aylsworth explains seven ways you can learn to identify and capture insights to separate the wheat from the chaff:

 Don’t get hung up on anything too early

…When we see something that looks like it might be an insight, it can be tempting to make it meaningful because it is the first thing to appear. This is helpful to be aware of when we’re trying to make sense out of a mountain of research. It’s a good idea to note what stands out to you as you make your way through the chaos but try not to figure everything out as you identify these things. Just flag it and set it aside until you’re ready to look at the nuggets together.

In other words, be patient.

It’s easy to mistake common knowledge or general information with insights, but when you train yourself to see real insights (and utilize them) the benefit becomes second-nature. Read the rest of Aylsworth’s list right here.

  • dingli2

    Very helpful! We need to slow down to see the insights.

    • tannerc

      Thanks for the comment dingli.

  • Walter Ruggieri

    I would add that it is good to be looking for insights all the time because they can come at any moment. It is also a good idea to have a way to capture the insights that come your way. So have a notebook or your favorite electronic device handy.

    • tannerc

      Nice insight Walter, I completely agree. The value of having a notebook (or dedicated app on your phone for writing notes, or something similar) is often understated or overlooked.

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