Staying in our zone makes us good at what we do. It just doesn’t make much room for new ideas when things go awry. But if we practice thinking differently on a regular basis, our problem-solving skills expand. Here are a few ways to do it:
- Consider the most outrageous solution possible to a problem. As nutty as it may seem, there’s probably a kernel of usefulness in it.
- Do an everyday task differently, such as where you stop for coffee, what you watch on television, or when you respond to emails.
- Slow down or speed up your decision-making. Whichever comes more naturally, do the opposite.