How to think outside the box

Think outside the box
Today is Day 2 of the 7 day #rsabizblogs Blogging Challenge that I’ve joined this week. Today’s post prompt is to “detail your day job”. As I’m not a big fan of sharing all my personal details over the internet and I don’t wish to talk about my day job, I’ve decided to tackle this challenge from a different point of view. I am going to share a skill with you that I have learnt from my day job and that is – “thinking outside the box”.

What does “Thinking outside the box” mean?

Believe or not but there is even a Wikipedia post for this. This metaphor means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.

So why am talking about this? This ability requires creativity in the way that you tackle problems in life. It’s a skill that not only helps in my day job but also in various aspects of my life. Whenever I have faced a problem that is difficult to resolve or cannot be fixed conventionally then I’ve tried to think of alternative solutions from a different perspective. Perhaps it’s an obsessive problem solver trait that I have… but I wanted to share these thoughts as learning to think differently may help you to achieve your goals too.

How have I used the ability to “Think outside the box”?

When I first started my blog, I wrote a post about coping with breathlessness from lung cancer. The solution I came up with has helped my Mom immensely.

Another post I shared when we were busy with DIY/home renovations was an Ikea hack for hiding a gas meter. My hubby and I spent hours coming up with different ideas and solutions for this. In the end, the solution we came up with was the most clever and cost effective idea!

How can you “Think outside the box”?

  • Set parameters to focus your ideas – ask yourself questions to establish what you’re trying to achieve.
  • Search for random inspiration – look at the problem from another perspective or another person’s shoes. Look for inspiration that seems entirely unrelated to your problem.
  • Aim for quantity, not quality – exhaust your good ideas and start throwing out suggestions that seem absurd or wrong.

Hopefully I have given you some food for thought… In conclusion, I shall leave you with this quote from Deepak Chopra:

“Instead of thinking

outside the box,

get rid of the box.”



  1. 2nd November 2016 / 4:02 PM

    Such an awesome post!:) I should definitely work on thinking out of the box more often!

    • whatudidntknow
      2nd November 2016 / 4:07 PM

      Thanks Shivonne 🙂

  2. 2nd November 2016 / 5:13 PM

    What a great quote from Deepak Chopra, he’s so wise. I think my problem is that I keep hopping in and out of the box, then I crawl inside and pretend it’s my house.

    • whatudidntknow
      2nd November 2016 / 5:15 PM

      Hahahhahha that’s an interesting way to explain it Joanne 🙂

  3. 2nd November 2016 / 5:25 PM

    What a really great quote! I think sometime people are just scared to think outside the box.

    • whatudidntknow
      2nd November 2016 / 5:33 PM

      Hi Natasha, I’ve never really thought about that before actually…but thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. 3rd November 2016 / 8:02 AM

    Valuable advice. I am so set in my ways! This is timely for me! Thank you.

    • whatudidntknow
      3rd November 2016 / 8:22 AM

      It’s a pleasure! Glad you’ve found it useful Samanthra 🙂

  5. 7th November 2016 / 9:26 AM

    Love that quote, getting rid of the box is so important! Being able to learn to think outside of it is so key to being able to push yourself

    • whatudidntknow
      7th November 2016 / 9:30 AM

      I completely agree Kitty! 🙂

  6. 7th November 2016 / 9:38 AM

    I spend a lot of my working day thinking outside the box, coming up with new and engaging ideas some of which I can use for blog posts x

    • whatudidntknow
      7th November 2016 / 9:42 AM

      Hi Rachel, that is true actually. Having a blog definitely requires use of the right side of your brain! 😉

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