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How to think out of the box?

Mar 12, 2018 15:33 IST
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How to think out of the box
How to think out of the box

A famous quote by Albert Einstein goes as follows, “Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.” The ability to see a thing in a way that most people don't is basically what creativity is. And as it happens 'Creativity is one of the most desired skills in today's workforce. You must have often heard people saying that you need to think out of the box. But what exactly is this thinking out of the box? Well, thinking out of the box means coming up with ideas that are unique and have never been proposed before in the situation. If you are of the belief that, 'that's easy' well then, you are in for a hard reality check.

In this age of the internet, you'll see that almost every idea that you think of has been attempted before by someone, somewhere in the world. Never before have we been on such a shortage of creative solutions as we are in today's time. But with the arising need of creative professionals in the workforce, it is imperative that one develops an out-of-box thinking. Hence, in this article, we have discussed some ways in which college students can get accustomed to this form of thought process.

Here are some ways in which students can develop their creativity and out-of-box thinking.

Read a variety of things

You will be surprised to know how interconnected various courses and streams are. If you want to enhance your ideation process, read things across streams. Introduce maths in physics and gender studies in film appreciation. This way you will be able to come up with ideas that are unique. As there are numerous permutations and combinations that are possible when it comes to thought and design.

Start from the beginning

Just as in chess, you sometimes take few steps back to take a leap forward similar thing is true for this case. If you feel like that you are unable to come up with any new ideas, it's best to start anew. Suppose you are writing an essay but you do not feel satisfied with it try writing it again and see if you can approach it from a new light or incorporate some new ideas. A small nap also can do some great wonders to help you out. As sleep helps your mind to relax so, when you wake up you are able to see things from a new and better perspective.

Find your source of inspiration

Figure out the things that inspire you and try to perform them on a repeated basis until and unless it becomes a routine habit for you. It could be anything like listening to music, reading a book or even sketching. You could even try your hand at stretching, exercising or yoga as they to help relax your mind. You could even read the works of your contemporaries or people who inspire you but try not to copy them completely. 

Note down your ideas

Whenever you have an idea in your mind, make sure you write it down somewhere so that you can go back to it for inspiration later. A lot of times we think about an idea and assume that we will remember it. However, that does not happen and a very good plan is lost because of negligence. To avoid this, it is always better to save it in some form. For instance, if you are a musician and you have thought about a tune, record it on your smartphone so that when you actually sit to make the song, you have something to start with.

Try to create something each day

Just like a machine needs to be worked regularly to keep it in a working condition and avoid rusting of its parts your mind too needs to practice creativity on regular basis to make it a habit, a natural reaction. As an artist, it is all the more important to create something every day because even if things don't materialize like you intended them to, they will inspire you and give you tons of other creative ideas which will be applicable for other projects.

Take breaks at regular intervals

Taking a break at regular intervals is as essential as working hard because these breaks help you relax and calm your mind allowing you to think with more clarity. As long your mind is running in multiple different directions with respect to different subjects you will never be able to come up with great ideas for your problem at hand. Try and find that activity that helps calm your brain and aligns your thoughts.

Stay with creative people

For you to be able to come up with creative ideas, it is important that you have inspiration around you. This is why the kind of company you keep around you is quite important. Surround yourself with people or work with a group that has strong inclinations towards creative thinking. Staying with creative people will boost your imagination.

To conclude,

In today's corporate environment the intellectual property is valued far higher than the physical resources, and hence arises the need for an employee with a creative bent of mind. Someone who has a creative solution to the problems and has his own novel ideas of development and advancement. Coming up with new ideas is not that difficult if you know the right kind of way to do things. Hence, higher skill levels and abstract thinking is why it’s important to teach kids to think outside the box. We hope that by following the tips mentioned above, you too could develop the ability to think 'out of box' ideas, as everyone around you keeps telling to do.

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