THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

Thinking out of the box means to think creatively, differently, freely, uniquely and off the beaten path. It’s a kind of stuff that not all can do it perfectly. It literally means approaching problems differently in an innovative way, conceptualizing them by understanding its position in relation to a particular situation in a way you’d never thought of it before.

Here are few different ways to boost your out-of-the-box thinking skills.

9 WAYS TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX

  • Learn About Another Religion: Religions are a way that humans understand and organize their relationships. They are not only supernatural & divinely but are also applicable in real life situations.

Learning about how relations are structured can teach you a lot about how people relate to each other and what binds them around the world.

Searching reasons for a similar problem in different religions can actually help you develop mental flexibility. When you really look at all the different ways people comprehend the mysteries and the fact that they generally manage to survive regardless of what they believe, you start to see the limitations of whatever beliefs you follow.

  • Read A Novel in An Unfamiliar Genre: Reading is one of the great mental stimulators. Try reading something you have never touched. If you read any fact or literary fiction, pay attention not only to the story but also to particular problems the author has to deal with.
  • Working Backwards: Working backward breaks the brain’s normal reflex arc of the thinking process. This is a key to think out of the box. Backward thinking and planning are crucial to finding solutions to several problems.

For E.g. When you start with a goal and think back through all the necessary steps needed to reach it until you get to where you are right now.

  • Ask Children For Advice: Ask a child how they might tackle a similar situation/problem, if you don’t have a child around, think about how they might reformulate a problem so that a child could understand it if one was available. Though the idea isn’t to do what the child says necessarily, but to allow your mind to think into a more unconventional path.
  • Invite Randomness: Adopt others mistakes and incorporating them into your own projects and develop strategies that allow for random input, working amid chaotic juxtapositions of sound and form, all of these can help you move beyond everyday patterns of thinking into the sublime.
  • Draw A Picture: Drawing a picture is even more right-brained, it can help you break your logical left-brain’s hold on a problem. Also, visualizing a problem engages other modes of thinking that we don’t normally use, bringing you another creative boost.
  • Turn It Upside-Down: Turning something upside-down, whether physically by flipping a piece of paper around or metaphorically by re-imagining can help you see patterns that wouldn’t otherwise be apparent. The brain has a bunch of pattern-making habits that often obscure other subtle patterns at work. Changing the orientation of things can hide the more obvious patterns and make other patterns emerge.
  • Write A Poem: While most problem-solving leans heavily on our brain’s logical centers, poetry neatly bridges our more rational left-brain thought processes and our more creative right-brain processes. Though it may feel foolish, try writing a poem about your problem you’re working on. Your poem doesn’t necessarily have to propose a solution. The idea is to shift your thinking away from your stress

logic centers and into a more creative part of the brain, where it can be pulled over in a non-rational way. Remember, nobody has to ever see your poem…

  • Take A Shower: There’s some kind of weird psychic link between showering and creativity. Who knows why? Maybe it’s because your mind is like that, maybe it’s because you’re naked, maybe it’s the warm water relaxing you – ahh…it’s a mystery. But a lot of people swear it. So maybe when the status quo response to some circumstance isn’t just working, try taking a shower and see if something remarkable doesn’t occur to you!

-Manogna Reddy

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