we all need to think creatively sometimesSometimes we need a little creative thinking to come up with solutions to problems. If you’re like me, you will always work on the premise that there is not a problem, but there is a solution. The thought process of knowing there is always a solution triggers that creative thinking to be able to come up with that seemingly elusive solution.

How many times have you found yourself thinking there will be no other solution to a problem? You even think that problem leads to a dead end! How many times have you been stuck and believe the problem in front of you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did you feel you had exhausted all possible options and yet you’re nowhere near even starting up that mountain? It’s there in front of you, large, unconquerable and impregnable! When you come across big problems, you may feel you’re trying to fry an egg in a chocolate frying pan. The pressure of solving this problem may be too much for you.

Never Fear! Creative Thinking Is Your Saviour!

If you can come up with some creative problem-solving techniques it may help you look at a problem in a different light. That light may just be the end of the tunnel leading to the solutions.

It’s important to be open-minded and accept there may be more than just one solution to the problem. You must also be open to the fact there will be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable. All because you started getting creative with your thinking.

Now we are looking at things more optimistically, we can work on being more creative in solving problems.

  1. Often the reason we find it hard to solve problems is because we haven’t looked closely enough at what the problem is. Trying to understand the problem from the “inside”, having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving it. Knowing exactly what the problem is and how it looks in more depth, you have a better foundation for finding the solution.
    Put together a simple statement of what the problem is. You need to identify the relevant sections and what the relationship with one another is. Think about the things you stand to gain or lose from the current problem. Now you have that simple statement of what the problem is, you can work to solve it.
  2. Take note of the constraints and assumptions you have based on the problem itself. It’s often these assumptions that obstruct our way to finding a solution. Look at it practically and decide which assumptions are valid. These assumptions will need to be addressed.
  3. Try solving the problem in sections. Often, big problems consist of several small ones. It’s like a large job. A large job consists of many small ones that, when completed, finish the big one. Look at the more detailed parts of the problem and solve each one in itself. This is known as the top-down approach. Write down some questions and come up with a one-sentence solution from your answers. The solution will be a general statement of what will solve the problem. You can then further develop the solution, increasing its complexity a bit at a time.
  4. Even though it helps to use a little critical thinking to solve a problem, you need to keep a creative and analytical thought in your head too. When someone comes up with a potential solution idea, try to think how that solution will actually work. As you run through this analysis, look for possible flaws in that solution.
  5. Because there is sometimes more than one solution to a problem, remember there may be more than one solution being developed. Take note of all the solutions and try to track their development.
  6. Creative thinking to solve problemsRemember the old saying,” two heads are better than one”. Always be open to new ideas. You will benefit from listening to ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has experienced solving problems similar to yours.
    You don’t need to be on your own when solving a problem. Organizing some collective thought on the subject will be a great benefit to you.
  7. Be patient. As long as you remain patient and persevere, a solution will eventually present itself. Remember how long it took Edison to perfect the light bulb. Keep persisting until you find the solution and believe you will find it. That way you will find it for sure

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in the process of being a more creative problem solver.

An Example Of A Creative Thinking Exercise Is…

Grab a pen and a piece of paper. In the middle of the paper, write any word that comes to mind. Look at the word and write down the first two words that you think of. Keep going until you build a tree of related words. This exercise will help you build analogical skills and strengthen your creative processes.

Next time you have a problem you think you can’t solve, think again. The solution could be staring you right in the face. All it takes is some creative thinking, a little planning and a little work and you’re done. There are no problems, only solutions!