Creativity is an important skill to have. It can improve your quality of life, it can improve the way you think about problems, and it can even improve how well you are able to solve them. If you want to improve your creative problem solving skills, there are a number of things that you should consider doing. Here are fifteen techniques for improving creativity!

There’s no sense being precise about something if you don’t know what you’re talking about.Donald Knuth

**1. Ask questions that require specific knowledge about the problem or task at hand**

The first step in solving any type of problem should be to ask the right questions, particularly if it’s a complicated one. The details required may vary according to the degree of specificity between problems, but at least asking more detailed questions will allow for better problem solving.

**2. Establish a routine**

In order to solve any problem, one must look for possible solutions in different ways. This can be done through a consistent routine in which one looks for different pieces of information, tests proposed hypotheses and collects results without being biased by previous approaches.

**3. Look at the problem from multiple angles**

It can be difficult to approach problems if one is limited to looking at them from only one perspective. Taking a step back, thinking more broadly about the problem, and understanding more of its elements will allow for new perspectives that could solve it.

**4. Let go of search routines**

Every problem has an answer that exists somewhere in the world. It may not be found by the individual asking the question, but searching for it is integral to problem-solving. Sometimes, however, what will work best is trying to find an answer that isn’t even out there. This type of thinking requires one to move away from familiar search routines and consider new (and often illogical) solutions.

**5. Try different methods of problem solving**

A set of well-designed, repeatable steps to solve a particular type of problem works fine in most cases. However, there are some problems that fit into none of these categories or that require new approaches altogether. If this is the case, trying different methods that will yield new results may be the way to solve the problem.

**6. Look for similarities between objects or problems**

Similarities in data can often lead to insights that could be applied to different problems, objects or systems. A successful example of this is how Kepler found a relationship between the movements of celestial bodies in the sky and how they were related in similar ways on Earth.

**7. Make a list of problems**

For every solution, there’s usually a problem related to it. By making a list of these issues, one can better identify possible solutions for them in addition to the original question or task at hand.

**8. Look for connections between different fields**

In order to solve complex problems, it’s best to look at interdisciplinary fields and try to combine them for a unique perspective. An example of this is how the construction of medical devices that work with different systems (such as chemistry) can allow for new medical contributions that were originally thought impossible.

**9. Use analogies**

Analogies are useful tools in creative problem solving because they allow the mind to make a connection between two things which may be quite different, but also share some similarities. The benefits of this are best illustrated through examples, so one can imagine how an analogy with an object or situation that is completely different from the problem at hand can lead to insights.

**10. Draw pictures**

Making a picture of the problem is not only useful for those who aren’t very good at verbalizing problems, but also allows one to think about it more clearly. Often what people think they’re describing isn’t actually what’s on their mind and drawing it out will lead to new insights that can be used as solutions.

**11. Stop thinking about it**

Sometimes, the best thing to do when faced with a difficult problem is to stop thinking about it. If one continues to focus on it, they may be limiting their ability to see other possible answers. By taking time away from the question and tackling something easier, new insights for solving the original problem can develop.

**12. Think about it backwards**

A problem can often be solved by first thinking about how it’s expected to turn out and then moving backward from that point. The answers to any questions leading up to the desired result will provide the steps needed to achieve it. This process is also useful for those who aren’t as experienced at solving problems because they’re often simpler than the original one.

**13. Try to prove it wrong**

When trying to solve a problem, it can be useful to think about how it might fail and what would cause that to happen. Doing so will lead to insights of where the process went wrong and allow for corrections before moving forward with a solution. An example of this is how the Wright brothers’ first flight would have ended in failure if it had not taken off before hitting the ground.

**14. Relax**

Many people get so caught up in trying to solve problems that they’re unable to see outside of what they perceive as reality. Thoroughly thinking through a problem requires being able to look at it from all points of view, but this can be difficult if one is panicked or anxious about the situation. Taking a break and relaxing will allow for new insights to appear which could not have been achieved otherwise.

**15. Think like a kid**

Children are often noted as being better at problem solving than adults because they haven’t yet had time to learn what isn’t possible. By abandoning preconceptions and looking at things from a different perspective, creative problem solving can be greatly enhanced.

### What are three problem-solving strategies?

To solve a big problem, you can break it up into smaller problems that are easier to solve.

### How do I know if I am a good problem solver?

First, you understand the problem. Next, you understand what it takes to make a good decision. Then, you can think of some options. Finally, you make a good decision and get the job done well.

### How do you test problem solving skills?

To figure out how good your problem-solving skills are, we will ask you questions. We might ask you to give an example of a time when you solved a problem or show a situation and see what you do. We might also give tests where we figure out how good your problem solving skills are.

**Last but not least**

We want to hear from you! Have any of these tips helped you better solve creative problems? What advice do you have for others who are looking to improve their creativity and problem-solving skills? Let us know in the comments below.