Then, I realised that creative thinking techniques could be useful for all type of problems. The internet, wikipedia, search engines, blogs, etc. meant that there was a lot of information available that could be used adjusting it to your own circumstances.
Thinking creatively is a process where on one side you feed yourself with ideas, expanding your thoughts with information from different fields and on the other side you concentrate, simplify, synthesize all these knowledge into something with a different meaning attached to it (maybe because you are using it for different purposes).
On one side you can combine ideas from different fields. On the other side you can combine different type of words to create new concepts. You can build up different type of paragraphs to construct an argument. Some times these combinations can happen on a random basis (being provoked or unprovoked). In the end, a new combination of ideas can generate new ideas.
Thinking about meals, thinking about dressing... there can be some common elements repeated but at the same time there can be many small changes when adding other small elements or ways of combining them.
To write a blog, to keep records of your ideas, of your thoughts, motivations, etc. can be a powerful way to go back to your motivations and to link new and old thoughts and experiences.
When thinking about atoms and how the different elements can form the different type of materials we know, we could think that among our thoughts, there are some small particles that can be isolated so that they become easier to be combined in different ways.
This could mean to break some of our old products, ideas, thoughts, learnings, so that we can combine them in new and different ways, with new and different meanings.
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."