We have all heard that clichéd term "Think Outside the Box," but how many of us actually know how to? Thinking outside the box really just means to think unconventionally, and not necessarily going for the obvious solution. Being asked to think in a new and innovative way isn’t as easy as turning on a light switch, but it can help us see and approach things in a whole new light. Here are 7 ways to think outside the box.
1. Set It Aside
One of the sure-fire ways to think outside of that box is if you leave the task alone for a while. While it may seem counterproductive, leaving a task for a later time can actually prove more beneficial to you. Sounds sketchy right? Think of it this way: Have you ever been looking for something like your car keys or the remote control only to find it in the most unobvious place and only after you take a moment to STOP looking for it? Yes, it really IS possible to over think things and focusing on a specific task for an overly extended period of time can give you tunnel vision and actually cause you to LOSE your clarity of thought. If you have been racking your brain and the creative juices seem to have run dry, put your work down for a moment and come back to it later. Setting aside your work for a short time and focusing on something else gives your brain the break that it needs so that you can come back to it with a refreshed thought process, allowing you the opportunity for a more successful approach.