Becoming even just a little bit more creative will enhance what you do every day – whether at work, at home, or just about anywhere.
But how do you learn creativity?
More importantly, how do you make it stick?
Specifically, there are five patterns of systematic inventive thinking (SIT) method that tend to explain the majority of innovations out there. Once you learn this, you’re able to replicate those patterns inherent in any product or service to generate your own creative ideas.
Any time you notice something creative that catches your eye, try to spot which of the five SIT patterns might have been used or could be used to explain that innovation.
Mental simulation is the idea that before you’re taking any action, you’re simulating those actions in your mind first. All kinds of professions use this – chefs, lawyers, doctors, athletes, gymnasts, etc. When they practice what to do inside their heads, they’re more likely to do things with perfection. And you can do this with creativity as well.
For example, you’re standing at an airport, and then you spot a wall clock. Using the pattern Attribute Dependency, the face of the clock now changes depending on the number of people in the terminal or the functioning of the clock changes in response to the weather conditions outside. The creative act happens when you’re taking two things that generally don’t belong together, and now forcing them to have some creative value.
To hear more on how to master creative thinking, listen to the full podcast episode here: Episode 025: Mastering Creative Thinking: Two Techniques to Make Creative Thinking Stick.