From my reading on creativity, I have extracted a list of “things to do when you need to solve a problem.” Because this is a list, the items are necessarily somewhat cryptic, but they have been, or will be, all discussed here on SynTAROTis or in one of the courses being written. Here it is, in no particular order:
(Many of these posts are on SynTAROTis.)
- believe you are creative
- question the rules
- brainstorm solutions (brainstorming with tarot cards), Why use the cards for brainstorming?)
- free associate to find solutions
- add a stimulus to free your thinking
- use something random (Let the image do the talking)
- add something (such as a card)
- remove something
- modify something
- adapt something
- substitute something
- combine something
- connect something
- reverse something
- exaggerate something
- minimize something
- make it more abstract
- make it more specific
- set yourself some constraints (such as a deadline, resources, words)
- do nothing: what is the worst thing that could happen? What if I do nothing spread
- consider what you already know (without letting existing knowledge stifle your creativity)
- immerse yourself in the problem
- take a break (sleep, and here)
- create psychological distance between yourself and the problem
- be motivated to solve the problem
- look at it from a different perspective, (Another way to look at a problem is..., What would tarot do?, This could change everything, How to be wiser when you read for yourself, Where does it go?) (updated)
- explore neighbouring domains
- reframe the problem (Defining the ill-defined: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4a, Part 4b.)
- establish the boundaries of the problem
- break it into pieces
- freewrite about the problem (perhaps using a tarot spread as inspiration)
- find alternative solutions
- quantity over quality when brainstorming solutions (and this one)
- set yourself a quota ("I must come up with at least x number of ideas")
- defer judgement
- look for the positive in the situation
- create something new
- look for patterns
- solve the real problem
- solve the right problem
- find the essence of the problem
- ask questions
- be curious
- ask “why is it a problem?”
- ask “why?”
- ask “what if?”
- find the cause
- identify the challenges
- consider possible consequences
- describe the ideal future
- imagine you’re the idea
- look for the big picture
- solve the problem as if for someone else
- examine your own role in the problem
- challenge your assumptions
- think analogically
- use your imagination
- let your mind wander
- ask an expert
- forget what you know (beginner's mind)
- keep an open mind
- be flexible in your thinking
- be playful
- accept failure and carry on
- don’t give up
- boost your mood
- take a walk (and other exercise, or at least, just move)
- consider nature (examples of inspiration from nature in Natural inspiration, Natural inspiration 2, Natural inspiration 3, Natural inspiration 4, Natural inspiration 5, Natural inspiration 6, Natural inspiration 7, Natural inspiration 8, Natural inspiration 9, Natural inspiration 10, Natural inspiration 11, and Natural inspiration 12.)
- follow a hunch
- use all your senses
- embrace ambiguity
- embrace paradox
- embrace chaos
- look for what is original, unique
- do something unconventional
- change your thinking, think laterally (or think in opposites)
- make time to be creative
- practise being creative (and this one, and this one)
- think independently
- know yourself
- discard your inhibitions
- steal ideas (legally)
- record your ideas
- try direct current stimulation (tDCS) (and here)
- transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation seems to work
- look for problems
- be sarcastic
- lie down
- listen to happy songs
- feeling awe
- drink tea
- consider magic mushrooms (and other mind-altering substances)
- get slightly drunk (see also Creativity round-up May 2020)
- drink coffee (see also Creativity round-up May 2020)
- when creating in a group, cooperate with other groups)
- get your posture right
- try gesturing (it works for children)
- play a video game (Minecraft seems best)
- take time to be with yourself
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