Are you working on a task that needs a unique, creative solution? Try taking the kindergarteners’ approach, playing around with it. Yes, when you are relaxed and playful, it is so much easier to be curious, to be an explorer and to be open to innovative ideas with different outcomes. Why not bring your playful self to enhance your creative process?
A play approach to problem solving is about using your right brain. This focus includes looking at the task holistically, integrating your emotions, adding your intuition and kinesthetic knowledge. This approach moves away from a single, correct solution to multiple solutions that can be explored for their results. Remember the kindergartener with their building blocks, they are building as they go, they are open to using different shapes and sizes for their structure. There is no agenda or preliminary sketches. They are open to the results and usually are quite pleased with the outcome.
When finding new solutions for a task, do you stick with the logical, analytical, fact-based focus and linear approach? Are you more comfortable with using your left brain?
Actually, finding unique creative solutions works best when use both the right and left brain. I appreciate how this image illustrates how this works. Notice two different types of activities and the bridges that connect them. A whole brain approach to problem solving includes both sides of the brain and using the bridges to link the different styles and ideas together.
Using play vocabulary words assists me with practicing my play attitude. I use words such as exploring, fooling around, trying a new direction, having fun, enjoying, researching, moving into new territory, see if this works, and experimenting. These words free me up to see different solutions and innovative results.
Try this out. Next time you are challenged with a task that needs a creative approach, do the linear, logical research and be sure to add a play attitude as you work through your solution. Take time to fool around with your ideas, use play words, be a kindergartener.