1. Final exercises

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Efficient problem solving is a muscle that can be practiced. Use the final exercises to flex that muscle and get you in the headspace for thinking.

Tip: Get a pen and paper ready to brainstorm and write down your answers to each exercise 📄 ✍️

1. Your friends have invited you on a holiday. You need to make $300 so you can join them. Brainstorm 6-10 solutions

2. Can you solve the bridge riddle? It’s a Ted-Ed riddle from the people behind Ted-X talks.

Watch the video below and see if you can save everyone from the zombies. 🧟‍♂️

3. Let’s do some lateral thinking with a random word exercise. First, identify a problem. Maybe you want to make money? Second, pick up a random book. Open a random page and choose the first noun you see. Now try to come up with as many solutions as possible using that noun.

It might sound crazy, but it’s amazing practice to develop creativity and warm your brain up for more realistic solutions.

4. (AND FINAL) On your paper, draw instructions for “how to make toast" 🍞. One rule: you can’t use words, only pictures and symbols.

This exercise says a lot about how you approach problem solving and what informs your thinking. After finishing your drawing, analyse how you have approached the task by asking these questions. 

  1. How many steps have you included?
  2. What details did you add or omit?
  3. What does it say about your ability to break bigger problems/tasks into smaller steps?
  4. Are you a bigger picture thinker or detailed focused?
  5. Was your drawing about the mechanics or the experience of making toast?
  6. Did you approach the task creatively or logically?
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