Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menu looks like one of the later Harry Potter books? Did you find it difficult to make a decision?
Sometimes the easiest way to get an answer out of ourselves is to narrow the scope.
Adding a constraint to a question or problem can create tension, sparking your creativity.
Prove it to yourself. Which question below is easier to answer?
- List 15 items in your home.
- List 15 items in your kitchen.
Adding the word kitchen as a constraint allows the mind to focus and come up with answers more quickly.
This creativity and focus hack can be applied to every problem or question you face. After using this technique repeatedly, your brain will eventually develop a pattern allowing you to be more decisive without even noticing it.