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Think Outside the box


It's easy to get stuck in our day-to-day activities. We may go through the motions of work or school, but we don't necessarily come up with new ways of doing things. This can be especially true if we've been working at the same job for a long time or attending the same school. Try thinking outside of the box to improve your perspective and expand your skill set!


Framing the problem in a way that's more familiar and meaningful to yourself or others can help you find solutions. Here are just some of the ways you can frame your problem:

  • What do I know?

  • How could I change the problem?

  • How could I change the solution?

  • How could I change the goal?

  • How could I change the context (for example, by looking at things from another perspective)?


Brainstorming is a method of problem-solving. It is also a group activity and can be used to generate ideas and solutions.

  • Brainstorming works best when everyone in the group contributes their own thoughts and ideas, rather than listening to others' ideas first. This way, you get more out of the brainstorming session because more people contribute their input.

  • The leader should not judge any ideas at this point—the goal is just to get as many good ideas on paper as possible, so there's no reason to evaluate them yet.

  • At the end of your session, take time to review your notes with the group members, so they understand what you've been working on throughout this process (it will help them see how serious it has been).


The power of stop-and-jot lies in the fact that it allows you to free yourself from the confines of your brain. When working on a project or problem, you often get stuck because your thinking is limited by your own experiences and biases. Stop and jot can help you open your mind when this happens. It forces you to take a break from what's happening around you—the TV show playing in the background, emails piling up on your computer monitor—and focus solely on what's happening inside.


Research is another way to think outside the box. Research can be done online or offline, and it can be done in a variety of ways. For example, you might want to use Google’s or Bing's search engine to look up specific keywords related to your topic. You can also use Wikipedia as another resource for finding information about particular topics.

Try to use more challenging strategies to grow.

  • When trying to get your business off the ground, it's easy to think about what everyone else is doing and try to copy what they have done in the past. You should avoid doing this as much as possible because it will only lead you down a road that leads nowhere special.

  • Instead of trying things out of fear, try things out because they are challenging and exciting for you! This will help your business become more creative and innovative and give people something fresh and exciting when they visit your website or social media sites.


Breaking out of your comfort zone is not easy, but it can be a rewarding experience. If you try to think outside the box, you can develop new ideas for yourself and help others do the same.

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