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Thinking outside the box is not what it used to be.
The idea suggests that you can find solutions to problems by going outside your usual boundaries. But the saying apparently came from a puzzle-maker in the 1960s, so yeah.
Maybe it's time to think a little differently inside the box. After all, that's where most of us work.
Recreate Your Environment
The stereotypical law office is pretty drab. Unless you are in an open space environment, you are literally in a box.
Change it up, and you are already thinking creatively. If the furniture is too heavy to move, at least change the things on your desktop.
That includes your computer screensaver. You spend a lot of time staring at it, so open your horizons. Let it be your window to the world that you want for yourself.
Recreate Your World View
Take time to brainstorm. Ask someone to join you for a wide-open discussion.
"Bring a topic or idea you want to brainstorm to the table, and just start riffing on it back and forth," says Jason Zook for Inc.
It's not a time for criticism, but rather exploration. To boost creative thinking, Zook says, you have to be willing to try new things.
Take a Break From Work
For obvious reasons, lunch breaks are good for your health. They also offer a break from the routine.
Take a walk to the corner, and go a different direction next time. You know what the poet said about the road less traveled.
It's about getting outside the office and letting your mind wander, which is literally thinking outside the box.
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