2. Ask Yourself the Same Question from Many Different Perspectives

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Research has shown that consistently creative individuals tend to approach problems from a wide variety of angles.

Doing so helps create psychological distance from the problem at hand, which promotes more abstract thinking.

Flip the question over or ask yourself the same thing from multiple different perspectives and you'll likely come up with many different answers.

One of the most famous examples of this is when Henry Ford invented the assembly line by turning the problem over and deciding to move the cars through the factory and keep the workers still instead.

Set a Constraint around the Problem