We all run into challenges and problems throughout our lives. We need to find solutions to these problems whether they involve a scheduling conflict, money issues, prioritizing work, determining our stance on a controversial issue, or something else. Brainstorming is a great way to start off the critical thinking process. Brainstorming involves laying all of our options out on the table as well as thinking creatively about solutions we may not initially see. One way to visually lay out our options is to create a mind map, which you are familiar with.
- For this assignment, read the article about brainstorming athttp://www.mindtools.com/brainstm.html (Links to an external site.). When finished, pick an issue you are currently facing and brainstorm solutions to that problem. You can draw out your brainstorming on paper or use a word processing program to create a brainstorming list, or use free software online such as XMind(http://www.xmind.net/download/win/ (Links to an external site.)). You don’t necessarily need to solve the problem, but rather to show the problem along with possible solutions that you have discovered through brainstorming.
- For an example and explanation of mind maps, please visithttp://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm (Links to an external site.)