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How to think out of the box in business

Nowadays, valuable information is that reachable as it has never been before and we all have the same chance to get the right piece of data that we need, but so does the competition. How to use this information in a better way to succeed in creating something innovative and valuable which the competition cannot exceed? The answer is clear: think out of the box.

Thinking outside the box has the metaphorical meaning of thinking differently, thinking in an untraditional way in order to achieve better results and create innovation. Used as a very popular term in business, thinking outside the box goes beyond the common business cliché.

How to think out of the box? Here you can find some ideas on how to boost your creativity and discover your inner creator.

Try something new

If you have a problem and you wish to solve it in very short time but you are facing a creative block, spending all of your energy on the issue will not help you to succeed, but will most likely emotionally drain you. Here is one very useful tip: do something new. Approach the issue in a way that you have never done before. Look it upside down, from another angle, from the point of view of somebody else. Just do something that you don’t usually do. Challenge yourself and be open-minded, try the most absurd things and expect the unexpected.

Don’t limit yourself

Most of the time we put some boundaries in our thoughts and rarely we manage to jump beyond these boundaries. Don’t limit yourself on your way to finding solutions and inspiration. Don’t look for good practices only in your niche and industry. Observe the world around you and let your mind explore the possibilities. Try to find inspiration and information from different subjects which are not related with your field – read a book on very different topic. You may find inspiration and learn something new.

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is very useful (and my personal favorite) creativity technique by which the members of the participating group create spontaneously lists of ideas in order to find the solution for specific problem. The most fascinating part of brainstorming is that the participant can say the first thing that comes in mind even if it sounds absurd. By using this technique teams succeed in reaching the right solution without overthinking the problem and manage to create one very productive and creative work atmosphere. Brainstorming is useful and fun!

Train your brain

Learn new things and exercise your brain. Pick up new language, solve math problems or learn to play an instrument. Just take any activity which will help your brain function on different level. Keeping your brain sharp will not only help your business, but also will keep your mental concentration in better level, will help you deal with the stress and will keep you younger.

─ December 5, 2014