Brains

Take a Creative Thinking Break

Your mind. Your body. Tight muscles. Habitual thinking. All of these need to be stretched on a regular basis. At Ideas To Go, we recommend an ongoing routine of lateral thinking, wild excursions, and a little bit of fun. 

Whether you're heading into a meeting, sitting in your office, or just looking for something to do, check out our posts on lateral thinking and excursions to stretch your mind and improve your creativity. 

Here's another batch of excursions to exercise your thinking muscles:

  1. Name things that could function inside out.
  2. Which provokes more thought—a window or a door?
  3. Stand up. Touch your head. Then touch your shoulders. Now your knees. And your toes. Repeat knees and toes. If you go fast enough, you can even sing the song.
  4. List things that don't change.
  5. What's the big idea?
  6. Pretend you are holding a hula-hoop. Now jump in and out of your imaginary hula-hoop. Imaginary friend not icluded.
  7. Name ways to break up combinations.
  8. How would life be different if plastic was never invented?
  9. Find a friend and play leap-frog down the hall. Studies show this makes you very popular with your co-workers.
  10. Invent a new cliche.

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Katie Franke

Katie Franke is a Marketing Communications Specialist and Concept Writer at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.