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Claudia Lopez

Right mind thinker and tinkerer

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Visual & Creative Thinking: Move from Mind Ruts to Solutions That You Feel Good About.

UPDATE:

I just updated my project and class outline. I'd love to get your thoughts on it. I know mind ruts are not always easy to solve for and can be overwhelming. So, I'm trying to make the process as engaging and simple as I possible as I can. Yet interestingly enough I worry about two opposing things.

That in simplifying I may be missing importnat steps for people to think about and consider.

And  that the project may be too involved. 

What do you guys think.  Feedback would be most welcomed. 

DESCRIPTION

Getting stuck in a mind ruts happens to all of us.  Our minds get foggy, we can't think clearly and it's really hard to make choices.  Plus mind ruts linger until we're able to resolve them, taking a lot of mental and emotional energy. And that sucks! (right?!)

Digging ourselves out of a mind rut requieres us to go beyond our default way of thinking. Which for most of us usually means circling around it inside our heads and using logic and reason.  What we need is to use our whole mind....and some paper, pencils and colors.

We need turn on the creative, visual and big picture thinking switch to be able to fully grasp the source of the rut, get perspective, see, map and imagine many different options, so we can get the clarity that we need. 

In this class I will teach you a hands-on process to solve for mind ruts and find creative solutions you can feel good about. You'll learn visual tools, lateral thinking and design thinking approaches that will make it fun and will help you get out of such rut (and others) pronto!

PROJECT

Assignment   

Get to know your "rut" and what is at the crux of it.  Share at least one or two solutions that you feel good about.

The purpose of this class and project is to get creative with our ruts so they become less daunting.

We will take small, but significant steps along the way to get there and I'll be asking you to share your progress and thoughts with others along the way. 

And don't forget to ask for help from others (and me of course!). Getting support is a key ingredient to see things in a new light, to sort our thoughts and to keep us motivated. 

Deliverlables

Each step to the solution has a small, but important deliverable.  Remember, the idea is to have fun with it, think of your rut in ways you hadn't before and  share with others. 

1.- Share your right brain jumpstarts - This is just for fun!

2.- Upload your "desired prize" analogy. Feel free to share some of the thoughts and drawings that come with it.

3.- Upload your "mind rut" map and share what you identified as the key "issues" / crux of it.

4.- Share your possibility and prespective trees.

5.- Share the solutions you selected and that you feel good about. SMILE!

CLASS OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

  • Who am I, who is this for, what you can expect

THE ANATOMY OF MIND-RUTS

  • Why do we get our minds in a rut? And why do we struggle so much to get out of them?
  • How can visual and creative thinking help

MAKE SPACE & PRIME THE RIGHT MIND

  • Tools to clear the mind and jumpstart the right brain.

EYES ON THE PRIZE  FIRST

  • Analogy and drawing exercise.
  • What matters. How do we want things to look like? 

GIVE FORM TO THE RUT - MAKE IT VISUAL

  • SEE + UNDERSTAND : Create a visual map of the "rut" 
  • ( Things to consider: WHAT is the problem, WHY is it a problem, WHAT are the parts that I'm struggling to figure out)
  • PIN POINT: Identify what's the crux of the problem

WHAT IS OUR LOOKING GLASS?

  • Explain how our POV shape the ideas, possibilities & blocks we come up with.
  • Battle of the minds exercise. 
  • What are the assumptions.

GOING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

  • Playing with possibilities
  • Playing with perspectives

MAKING SPACE AND LETTING IDEAS SIT

  • Explanation
  • Tips

REVISIT WITH FRESH EYES

  • Mix & Match
  • Come up with with a few approaches/solutions

SORT & FILTER

  • Love Matrix
  • Feasibility 
  • Select the solutions that you can get behind and feel good about.

CONCLUSION

  • The name of the games are:
  • Action: Te quickest path out of a rut is to take the first step.
  • Trial and error: The only way to know is what works is to try it out. Everything will be OK. 
  • Iteration & Play: What I'm still stuck in a rut?

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