Thursday, March 25, 2010

RAPID RECAP: 7 EXERCISES TO STIMULATE YOUR CREATIVITY

1. List 10 alternative uses for an everyday item — a brick, a pen, a roll of tape

2. Take a new route the next five times you set out for a familiar destination — the grocery store, work, a friend’s house

3. Pick a word at random from the dictionary and think of all the ways it might relate to a problem you’re trying to solve.

4. Doodle — not just with your dominant hand, but with the opposite hand, too.

5. Explore connections between seemingly unrelated things — for instance, how is a summer storm like resolving an argument with a colleague?

6. Routinely ask: What if? What else? Why not?

7. Make up your own impromptu word games.

[Source: Steve Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination;]

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