October 15, 2020
Generate Fresh Ideas: Mind Mapping a New Perspective
One of the greatest limitations to creativity is our tendency to only look at the world from our own, singular perspective. How often do you stop and consider an alternative viewpoint? Looking at a situation from different perspectives allows us to explore more and generate fresh ideas.
Different people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, professions and interests will have different outlooks and opinions. Why not adopt another viewpoint to encourage your brain to produce original ideas? If you break the shackles of your narrow vision, ideas that were invisible from your own viewpoint will become clear.
Mind mapping is ideal for this exercise as it triggers connections in the brain to spark further ideas. Using mind mapping software, like Ayoa, allows ideas to get out of your brain and onto the page at lightning speed. Follow the three simple steps below to learn how to use mind mapping to borrow other perspectives when problem solving. This will help you in generating new ideas easily. In this article, we will use ‘low staff productivity’ as our example problem.
Step 1: Identify different perspectives
Start by identifying a range of different standpoints. Use a random selection of people from different walks of life and circumstances. You could include people affected by the problem such as staff, clients or customers, or people totally unrelated to the problem. Ask yourself, how would an employee view this problem? A child? An environmentalist? A mathematician? The Queen of Hearts or even Ironman?
Interestingly, the viewpoint that seems the wackiest or the most distant from your problem might actually give you the inspiration that you’re looking for. Remember, the more assorted your choices, the broader the base you will have for generating creative solutions.
Create a mind map like the one shown above, with the main branches representing the perspectives that you would like to explore. Colour code your branches to define and categorise each perspective. Colour coding engages the brain, linking the visual with the logical and helping your brain to create mental shortcuts.
Try using images to represent each viewpoint as they convey more information than words. Moreover, images are processed instantly by our brain. Ayoa has a range of mind map branch customisation options and an extensive range of emojis and Unsplash image library that will direct you to generate fresh ideas.
Step 2: Explore each perspective
Next, start brainstorming. Work your way through each viewpoint and consider how your problem or challenge would be viewed in their mind-set. Ask a lot of questions, for instance:
- What factors would be important for this person?
- How would their needs be different from mine?
- How would these people tackle the challenge differently?
- How would they describe this problem?
Add sub-branches to your mind map as ideas spring to mind, using one keyword per branch. Keywords are not as limiting as sentences and will trigger associations in your brain, sparking new ideas. Mind mapping will draw out ideas, ensuring you explore all avenues. Be sure to highlight the similarities and differences in how each person would approach the problem. Use Ayoa’s Relationship Arrows to draw connections between your ideas and gain a thorough understanding of how each perspective impacts the others.
Step 3: Generate fresh ideas
Once you have exhausted all possibilities, reflect on your findings and use them to generate new and imaginative ideas for your problem. Ask yourself intriguing questions, for example:
- What ideas and approaches would this person have?
- What actions are they likely to take?
- Could their approach work in my situation?
Update your mind map as you generate new ideas surrounding each viewpoint. A mind map will give you a clear visual overview of your ideas, as a result you can quickly understand how they fit together. It will also highlight the gaps in your thinking so you know what areas need more focus, and subsequently make your brainstorm as thorough as possible.
The beauty of Ayoa is that you can always go back and add in extra details as you develop your understanding of each perspective. Your canvas is unlimited, therefore you don’t have to worry about running out of space. At the end of your brainstorm you will have a selection of creative solutions that might never have been clear to you from your own viewpoint.
This blog proves that mind mapping with Ayoa urges you to stretch your creative boundaries and emerge out of the generic box of thinking. It provides you with a fresh perspective which in turn enhances your productivity levels. A fresh pair of eyes can always bring new possibilities to a situation, where you thought you might have exhausted all options.
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