Brainstorming This involves thinking up as many ideas as possible without judging them. You can do this alone, but it is usually p y a group activity, with someone writing all the ideas down. It can be fun! When everyone has run out of ideas, you look at the list and see what you have. Sometimes the oddball ideas turn out to be the best ones.
Visual thinking Instead of making simple lists of ideas, you can turn them into a diagram. You start with an I t diagram You start with a central problem, such as global warming, and add a series of spreading branches di branches depicting all the related facts, figures, and ideas. This can work as a visual form of brainstorming, with new ideas leading to more radical, creative ones.
Lateral thinking Similar to brainstorming, lateral thinking is all about approaching a problem from every possible angle. The basic idea is to identify the “normal” way of looking at a problem and avoid it. You use a random way of triggering new trains of thought, such as letting a book fall open, sticking a pin on the page, and seeing how the word it hits might relate to the problem. It sounds crazy, but it can be surprisingly effective.
Energetic thinking Many people find that they think more creatively about problems while they are walking, running, or working out. The exercise has to be repetitive, so it frees your mind to work on the problem.