Sunday, January 8, 2012

DIY - "Makes Me Think Of" Creativity Exercise

Ok, you DIYers out there....One thing we know we need to do and we don't do enough are simple creativity exercises.

Here's one I've picked up along the way and it's really simple.  I didn't invent it and I'm not sure who did. This can be used when you are stuck, when you feel like consciously daydreaming, or as an ice-breaker exercise with boards, committees or staff....

Pick a word.  Any word.  It could be something simple like any noun "cloud" or "car" or something like "membership" or "workshops."  Put three to five minutes on a timer.  I tend to like three minutes but five minutes can give you some extra depths to examine.

Then write the word and "makes me think of" and then quickly write whatever comes next to your mind.  It can be another word, a term or a short story about something in your past or present.  Then write "makes me think of" and do it again.  For example, "Clouds" which makes me think of "sky" which makes me think of "planes" which makes me think about "visiting my grandparents in Arkansas," which makes me think of.......well, you get the picture...

When the timer buzzes, finish your last thought and then look at the last thought as compared to the first close are they?  How far away are they?  What can you learn about yourself from the way your brain works?  Did you see something new you can use?  Did something surprise you?  Does the word/term chain show you something you had forgotten?  Something that bears reexamining?

Have some fun being creative this week.....let your words lead you to places you didn't know you could go...or back to places maybe you wish you hadn't left.....


  1. This is a fun exercise to mindmap (if it doesn't slow down the free thinking too much). Some creative thinking resources I've read talk about what we can learn about ourselves from how literal are associations are. Fun stuff.

  2. This is such a fun exercise! You never know where it may lead you. :) Thank you for sharing, Shelly!

  3. Thanks for the comments! I like to have a little fun now and again :D....

  4. This is very great thing you have shared with us. Now I found enough resources by your tips about this issue, Thank you.


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