In the second and final part of our series, we take a further look at the key to creative thinking, with more ideas on how to be productive.
Step away from a problem or task for a while to give your mind time to subconsciously process and generate creative ideas. Do not tire your mind out, or you will achieve little.
Share your ideas with others and seek input from diverse sources to expand your thinking. This has held me back in the past, as i felt i had all the best ideas. I also did not want to derail my “vision”. I was wrong. Even bouncing ideas off someone can be very productive. They will come up with ideas and find flaws where you may not notice them. Fresh eyes and ears helps.
Understand that not all creative ideas will work, and failure is often a part of the creative process.
Transition from a fixed mindset (belief that abilities are fixed) to a growth mindset (belief that abilities can be developed through effort and learning).
Sometimes limitations or constraints can inspire more creative solutions. Embrace constraints as opportunities rather than obstacles.
Use drawings, diagrams, and visual aids to represent ideas and problems in a different way.
Spend some time alone to reflect and brainstorm, as solitude can encourage deep thinking and creativity. I used to lie down in a dark room. As long as i did not fall asleep, ideas soon began to flood my brain.
Keep acquiring new knowledge and skills to provide more building blocks for creative thinking.
Surround yourself with inspiration, whether it’s art, nature, or creative people, to keep your mind open to new ideas. Creativity should follow.