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hemisphere, and a mind is better able to tune in to that hemisphere when it is stress-free. How to Be a Creative Thinker and  Problem Solver 53,485 views 14 Editors Edited 41 weeks ago Sick of coming up with the same old tired solutions to your problems? Want to re-wire  your brain to be more  creative  and clever? With a few easy-to-follow mental tips, you'll  be engaging all your creative neurons in no time. Get started with step 1 below! Ad
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Steps 1. 1 Observe and ask questions.  Watch the way in which others perform. Ask others how they  solve problems. Ad
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2. 2 Approach from a different angle.  Think of potential solutions as if you were a child.
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3. 3 Do logic puzzles.  Try crosswords,  word  finds or sudoku. These are free online.
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4. 4 Learn a new word.  Look at dictionary.com and find the "Word of the Day." Use the word  several times during the day.
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5. 5 Understand something new.  Watch movies, read or look at pieces of art in genres or styles  that would normally be of no interest. Read more about them.
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6. 6 Force yourself to approach problems in different ways.  Perform tasks with your left hand  that you would normally do with your right. This forms new neural pathways and diversifies  your  reasoning  capacity.
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7. 7 Look at the opposite.  Work backwards from the solution. Using a sock pattern, knit from the  cuff to the toe instead of from the toe to the cuff as the pattern suggests.
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8. 8 Do not set limits.  Look at the absurd. The answer may go against convention.
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9. 9 Trust your brain to come up with the answer.  Acknowledge the problem, then relax and do  something else. Thoughts may eventually have some bearing on the solution.
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10. 10 Master the technique.  Incorporate new knowledge into next attempts. Perform a new  technique until it is second nature.
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5 ways to become a better thinker We're seduced into believing that brilliant thinkers are born that way. We think they magically produce brilliant ideas. Nothing could be further from the truth. By Shane Parrish, Farnam Street | August 21, 2013 92 271 2 This could be you! Shutterstock
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Do you want to come up with more imaginative ideas? Do you stumble with complicated problems? Do you want to find new ways to confront challenges? Of course you do. So do I. But when is the last time you thought about how you think? Do you have a process for making decisions ? Are you using mental models and connecting big ideas from multiple disciplines? Are you taking steps to reduce cognitive biases ? Have you defined the problem and do you know what success looks like? Just as with any skill, some of us are better at thinking than others. Why?
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