This week we're starting projects.
Game: There is one random word below. This word is to become the code word (or part of the code word) for a secret project. It is a fictional project that may be a government project, or that of a business, or your personal project. Your aim is to make up the project and explain what it is. It can be humorous or serious but should be very creative.
This weeks challenge is simple. Simple to do, harder to master.
The challenge involves your reaction time. You can improve it if you can learn to let your subconscious take over. This is a skill we need to become better at if we want to be more creative. Our subconscious is great at creative thinking, we need to learn to let it free however.
There are many ways to define creative thinking. Here is a way I like to look at it.
If I were to reduce creative thinking to it's underlying principle, I would say it is relationships and that there are two sides to this. Identifying relationships and creating relationships.
Creativity can be one or the other, and often, a mixture of the two.
This week it's all about the letters.
Game: There are 5 random words listed below. Your aim is to identify relationships between any 3 - 5 of the words that does not incorporate the meaning of the words. It could be something to do with the letters of the word, the shape the letters make, the sounds, maybe other words that are commonly used with the words, something about the words in another language etc. I'm sure you can come up with many other ways to look at it if you think about it.
This week we're releasing the brakes.
There are probably several things holding you back from being the most creative person you can be. Some of them you may be aware of. Others you may discover with a bit of reflection. They could be attitudes you have. A messy work environment. Not getting out of your comfort zone regularly etc. Identifying them and then working through removing them is an awesome way to really start moving forwards creatively.
Make creative thinking a habit.
If you already think creatively habitually, great. If you don't. Start doing it now.
1. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.
2. It's easy to see other people being creative and think "They must be very talented, I could not do that." It's easy to become lazy and just do what you've always done. Beware of this trap.
3. If this is you, make a pact with yourself to break out of it now.
This week we're looking to the future.
Game: There are three random words listed below. Your aim is to use one or more of them as inspiration for a prediction about the future. You can be humorous or serious, it doesn't matter. Remember the focus is on being as creative as possible.
Science is great. We have discovered many unusual and extraordinary things about the world we live in. Playing about with science experiments is a good way to spark your creative thinking. As you discover unusual behavior you learn to exercise your curiosity. You also have the opportunity to experiment and play and see what you can discover. Best of all, it is fun.
You're in the middle of your latest project, your latest creative endeavor. It's going to be awesome. The idea is great. Everyone who uses it is going to think it's great. Or are they? It's easy to get carried away and lose track of the bigger picture.
Your creation will be used according to the following equation:
Usability Factor = Benefit + Excitement - Effort
This week we're joining words.
Game: There is a random word below. Create a word pair (2 words) which make sense and for which the first letter of the first word and the last letter of the second word are the same (ie these are the book ends). They must relate to the random word below.
This week we're racking our brain.
Brain teasers and puzzles are awesome for creativity. What could the answer be? It could be anywhere. Where are the clues? They are right in front of you but hiding. They really explore the true essence of creative thinking. So we've gathered five general brain teasers to give your mind a mental workout.