Creativity is a skill that many people are trying to cultivate. It’s not an innate ability, but it can be learned and refined with practice. Here are tips on how to get the most out of your creative thinking!
What’s The Path To Creative Thinking
1) Choose something you are passionate about- passionate activity helps keep focus, generate new ideas, and make connections between different areas of knowledge.
Dedicating time and energy to something we enjoy is beneficial for creative thinking. We tend to find more “aha” moments when doing something we’re passionate about; we feel less inhibited by judgment from ourselves and others.
2) Challenge yourself- creativity is often born of struggle. If you’re stuck, try drawing inspiration from outside your field, tackling your problem using unusual methods or simply taking a break.
Creativity is often born from struggle. To maximize creativity, we must “stretch the envelope” of our abilities and knowledge- standing on the shoulders of others can help us find new points of view.
3) Get feedback- whether by giving an idea to someone else or getting feedback on it yourself, the process of refining an idea may lead to better conclusions than if you had worked on it alone.
Give ideas to a trusted source for a second opinion, or ask an experienced person about their experience with your idea. Providing a stimulus to test against can be helpful for refining ideas, and having another perspective available can help avoid pitfalls.
4) Keep an open mind- creative ideas often come from considering things that most people might not think about, so try to approach problems with a new perspective and see where this brings you.
Creative thinking does not work linearly, so brainstorming as many possibilities as possible will lead to more opportunities for insight.
5) Get started!- To get past the ‘blank page stage’ of creativity, the best thing to do is start working. Whatever may seem like a bad idea at first can be turned around through perseverance and hard work.
To maximize creativity, one start working. It’s challenging to judge ideas as bad or good until they have been fleshed out, so start working to find those “aha moments” that lead to insights.
To walk on the path, here are some tips:
Tips For Creative Thinking
1. Get rid of distractions so that head can focus on the task at hand without any outside influence.
If you’re facing struggles to come up with ideas, it could be because of outside distractions. Turn off the TV, close web browser windows and get rid of other people so that external stimuli do not influence your mind. The easier it is for your mind to jump into creative mode, the more creative thoughts you will have.
2. Don’t limit yourself with pre-conceived notions or boundaries.
Creativity thrives on freedom! Free your mind of any boundaries (and critic) and see what happens when you push constraints aside. It can be difficult if someone has made rules about creativity, like “you must brainstorm ideas before creating” or “being creative should always be serious.” Sometimes these rules hinder creation rather than promote it. Keep in mind; your first idea might not be your best!
3. Identify what type of creativity you’re looking for, whether it’s idea generation or problem-solving.
Step 1: Write down the problem. If you’re trying to figure out how to fix your toothbrush, write down, “How can I keep my toothbrush clean?” It is called brainstorming and will help give ideas on the solution.
Step 2: Get rid of distractions so that the head can focus on the task at hand without any outside influence. Turn off the tv, turn down your music, lock your phone away somewhere.
Step 3: Prepare yourself! Put some paper by your side that doesn’t require an internet connection if possible (a notebook or loose sheets of writing). Once you start thinking about the problem, ideas will come to you!
Step 4: Let your mind wander. Don’t worry about whether the idea is good or bad, but be aware of how it sounds and how plausible it might be.
Step 5: Once you’re done, let your brain rest for a while and do something else. Ideas will pop into your head when you least expect them to! Try things out and see if they work for you. Remember that some problems take more than one solution to fix, so don’t get discouraged if nothing works on the first try!
4. Create new ideas by brainstorming without judgment or criticism.
Creativity is about finding new combinations, connections and possibilities. Instead of setting limits or boundaries on our imagination, why not use some tools to help you brainstorm? Grab some paper and list some random words that you think might relate to your topic at hand. Look for intersections between the topics, write them down. See what happens when you combine different words…
Step 1: Come up with a list of ideas.
Step 2: Go through your list and prioritize them in terms of most attractive to least interesting.
Step 3: Eliminate the lower items on your list, keeping only the best ones.
Step 4: Look at each idea that remains and ask yourself, “Why is this an improvement?”. If it’s not clear why it’s better than what you already have, get rid of it. Only keep the very best ones! Even if you don’t think there’s much difference between two items on the list, one may be slightly better than the other, so choose carefully!
5. Find inspiration by looking for examples of creative thinking in things around you.
It can be anything from architecture to art to cooking! You can learn a lot about creativity by seeing what other people have done. Get out there and explore the world! Look for new sources of inspiration, don’t just stay in your comfort zone. If you need help getting started (or keep it going), try using some tools like Pinterest or Google image search to find creative ideas that interest you.
6. Evaluate ideas after they’ve been created, so you know which ones are best suited for your needs.
Step 1: Choose an idea that you think will work.
Step 2: Write it down on a piece of paper.
Step 3: Test it out! Does it work? If not, try something else. Keep trying ideas until you have one that does the job well!
7. Once you’ve started to generate ideas, narrow them down by asking these questions:
What are the essentials?
What can be removed without changing the solution?
It is where other people might help you to refine your ideas. Brainstorming with others will make it easier to find new perspectives and improve solutions. Let other people become involved but keep in mind that this isn’t their creativity; it’s yours! That means they shouldn’t try to change your original idea, offer suggestions on improving it.
8. Imagination is the only limit; how do you plan to bring your ideas into reality?
You don’t need fancy technology or tools to get started with creative problem-solving. A stack of paper and a pencil are enough for someone with imagination! But if you want more than just an idea, then you’ll need some resources, money, and time to create your vision.
9. Why is this idea a good one?
Is the idea adequate & efficient enough for its purpose?
Can it be improved upon in any way? If so, how?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you will have all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not your solution is worth implementing. You’ll also know what needs improvements before actually trying it out! Make sense of your brainstorming session by looking at all of the ideas with fresh eyes. Be honest about whether they’re suitable (and sufficient) solutions to the problem. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to scrap it and come up with something new. Remember that creativity is about solving problems in new ways, not forcing out something that doesn’t work.
10. How can you organize your ideas?
You might want to start by making a list of all of the different ideas. It will make it easier to move them around until you find the most efficient arrangement possible. For example, if several items on the list are closely related, group them so they’re easier to find when referencing back to them later!
11. Is this solution/idea better than what I already have? Yes?
Great! Keep doing whatever you were doing before because it’s working well for you! No? Okay then…
If an idea is something that you know is not good enough, then keep brainstorming. There will be other good and better ideas than your original, so don’t give up until you find one! You might also want to think about why the first idea wasn’t good enough. Was it because it was incomplete? Or was it flawed in some way?
12. What should I do if I’m stuck with no inspiration or new ideas?
Take a break! Creative solutions require fresh thought, so allow yourself to relax for a bit of bit before trying again. Give yourself time away from the problem so once you come back, you can continue brainstorming with renewed vigor.
If taking a break doesn’t help, try changing perspective by talking to somebody else about what’s going on! They may not know what you’re trying to do, but their thoughts and ideas can spark new solutions in your mind. Sometimes just starting a conversation with other people about your problem is enough to give you that fresh take on things!
Start by thinking of all the possible ways something could go wrong, then figure out how to address them:
If you know what can go wrong, it’ll be easier for you to prevent those problems from happening. If they occur, having a plan will make it less stressful because you already have steps ready to deal with each situation.
Solving a creative problem and coming up with new ideas is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. The more creativity you have, the better your chance of success! However, when it comes to solving problems creatively, not all people are created equal, so let’s take a look at how we can use our knowledge of cognitive neuroscience principles to improve on our existing solutions or come up with brand-new ones that will help us stay ahead in this competitive marketplace.
We want these strategies to be helpful but straightforward enough that anyone could implement them into their own life. By reading this article, we hope you’ve learned some valuable insights about how your customer’s brain works and what makes a good idea worth implementing.
Have fun! Creativity should be enjoyable, not something stressful that doesn’t allow you to relax! So find a way to play with the idea that works for you and have some fun!