This shows how creative thinking can be applied in so many areas of our lives, including how to learn when you are busy taking care of a baby. There are so many things that can be used in a different way than the purpose they were created for. Sometimes it can be played as a game “What can this be?” (what can be used for). Sometimes you can find books such as 100 different uses of a pen or a screwdriver, etc.
Sometimes I have attended seminars, not only for the content of the seminar, but because of learning the way the trainer facilitates the session. I have evenattended the same seminar in different occasions to have the opportunity to be thinking about my own ideas related to the topic, what means I was more concentrated on my own thoughts, than in the ideas of the trainer, which I was using to explore my own thoughts from different angles.
I go to swim, not only for healthy reasons or fun, but because it is a very goodopportunity to revise the knowledge I have built in my mind while I am swimming. The time I commute in The Tube to work, it is my magic time to think and write my thoughts.
Sometimes I use websites such as Amazon, not to find books, but to find books of the topics I am interested, their authors, their websites or blogs and the possibilities of networking with them.
Many books can be used for entertainment. Generally I have “used” the books to learn practical things.
When thinking about inventing new products or products with new functions or modifications, combinations, etc. we shouldn´t forget that it can be even more interesting to invent different ways of using them, different purposes. We can think also how to make them easier to use or more engaging.
When I was a teenager, I was fascinated by the elderly (especially mygrandparents) as things were so different but at the same time they wereuseful inspirations extrapolating them to the present times.
And changing the level of abstraction, let´s think about a shed. It could be a shed or a room where we keep all these spare parts, things that we don´t use, tools, anything that can be used to repair something, etc. I love the two approaches when going to a shed: on one side, maybe you are repairing something at home and you need something to help you, but you don´t know exactly what. It could be just a piece of wood or metal. And you look around till you find something that can be useful. On the other side, you might be just walking around the shed wondering what you could use some “left over” for. Maybe could be a broken game or machine left thinking that the spare parts could be used for something.
It happens to me many times when I am in a bookshop or in a library. I start looking for the type of books I am more interested, the topics I like… and after that, I start again walking around the bookshop or the library looking at all the books, just in case some topic that I was not expecting, catch my attention.
Now!!!! Imagine the world as your shed. You walk around the world…. Sometimes you are looking for people that can help you with something…. However, the other approach is equally valid: you walk around the world thinking: What could be this person useful for? How could I help him/her to become what he/she could be?