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No virtual whiteboard is perfect for everyone - and every virtual whiteboard service seems to shut down after a few years. While we've recommended several over the years, the only one still around is Twiddla, which is so feature-rich that it might feel too complicated (and ugly) for some projects. If so, try the simpler app RealtimeBoard.

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The goal of brainstorming is to find possible solutions to a problem, but the process often becomes a platform for the outspoken, who offer the same perspective time and time again. Instead, ask everyone to generate more questions about the problem so you get a better understanding of what it really is. This counterintuitive method from Hal Gregersen, the executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, gets everyone thinking and participating, and can turn a lacklustre brainstorming session into something far more effective.

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You have a problem. You gather a group of smart, creative people and say, Let's brainstorm. Together, you bounce around a bunch of ideas, whittling and honing them until you arrive at it: The Solution.

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Worrying is part of life. According to a new analysis, 38 per cent of us worry about something every day -- which honestly seems low. With a small tweak, though, you can turn your worries into a productive way to solve problems.

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When you're brainstorming on your laptop and plain text just won't cut it to express your ideas, you might need an extra workspace you can actually draw on. Why not add a quick, erasable surface to your laptop for an added level of expression?

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In 2010, Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to build a toaster from scratch. He walked into a shop, purchased the cheapest toaster he could find and promptly went home and broke it down piece by piece.

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Nearly all great ideas follow a similar creative process, and this article explains how this process works. Understanding this is important because creative thinking is one of the most useful skills you can possess. Nearly every problem you face in work and in life can benefit from creative solutions, lateral thinking and innovative ideas.

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The first step (always the hardest, right?) in solving a problem is recognising you have one. We're all familiar with the feeling of grappling with a head-scratcher for longer than we'd like. It can take a while to connect the time we've lost staring at the screen with the fact that we're stuck on something and it's time to try a new approach.

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When you're brainstorming, you often want to just let ideas come out however they decide to do so. That usually doesn't get you very far though. 99U points out it's often best to come up with some type of constraint or random goal.

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The moment a great idea or solution hits you can feel like magic -- like it's been delivered whole to you by some divine being. But what usually ends up happening is quite the opposite -- we're floundering and stuck on a problem, desperate for one of those magic breakthroughs to pull through.