Here’s a step-by-step guide to come up with creative answers to a problem.
1. Review the what’s, the who’s and the why’s involved in the problem. Keep in mind that knowing the problem is crucial to solving it. If you know how a thing works and how it is structured, you will have a better chance of fixing it. Examine any benefits that can arise from the problem and take note of the setbacks it has caused and will cause. Sum up the information you have gathered and make a brief and concise statement of what the problem is all about.
2. Preconceived notions about things often cloud our judgment. Try to fairly assess the validity of your assumptions about a problem; this should broaden your perspective and find possible solutions that you have never thought of before.
3. Break down the problem from the top-down. Try to find solutions for each layer of problem you can uncover, starting from your general overview of the problem (refer to Step 1) to the more intricate layers. In other words, increase the complexity of your solutions as you go along each layer.
4. Two heads are better than one. Gather ideas and suggestions from others and you will discover that you will end up having more resources (perceptions, awareness, impressions, etc) to work with that will help you create ingenious, novel answers to your problem.
5. Being logical has its benefits, but sometimes it can get in the way of ingenuity. Creative thinking requires you to stretch your imagination, beyond the boundaries of established methods and systems. Apply creative thinking by looking for loopholes and developing and improving whatever solutions you have on hand. Tinker with other people’s opinions and suggestions as well.
6. Always remember that a problem may require more than one way out. It would help to keep a notebook that details either ideas that came to you out of the blue or the latest developments you have made on existing solutions.
7. Lastly, you have to make room for failures. Patience and perseverance must come into play on your road to creatively solving your problem. No one ever succeeded with just one try. Thomas Edison had to fail a thousand times in order to come up with some of the best inventions of our time.