In the months and years ahead I will showcase plenty of visual thinking techniques and strategies on this blog. These techniques will help you to think more creatively and solve problems more effectively. However, in order to become a highly productive visual thinker you will need to take into consideration your thinking environment. This is the place you will be spending most of your time thinking and solving your problems visually. Let’s call this your Thinking Space.
The purpose of this article is to help you optimize your Thinking Space; to help you raise your levels of productivity and create an environment that naturally supports your ability to think creatively and visually.
Before we move on, let’s take a look at your current home or office work environment. Ask yourself:
- Is my thinking space clean and uncluttered?
- Does my thinking space excite and inspire me?
- Does it provide me access to the tools I need to think visually?
- Does this thinking space encourage me to think visually?
- Does it make me feel happy and productive?
- Is everything I need easily within my reach?
- Is the thinking space clear of visual and auditory distractions?
- What can I do to make my thinking space a more enjoyable and productive place to spend my time?
Keep in mind that your thinking space isn’t just your desk, it’s a place you work, think, visualize and create. It could be a room, a study, a section of a bedroom or living room, it could be a cafe, a library or another place that allows you to work and think visually. Above-all-else it must be a place where you switch-off from everything else, and tune in to your creative visual problem solving ability.