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Tuesdays with MOJO/Take the "Step Away" Challenge

Marjorie Spitz Rento1 Comment

Where do you get your best ideas? I’m betting it’s not while you’re tied to your email, down the social media vortex, texting or even anywhere near your desk.

A study by Psychologist Scott Kaufman on behalf of Hansgrohe shows that 72% of people experience fresh ideas and increased creativity in the shower.

It’s time to recharge from a charge-filled few weeks. This holiday, I’m issuing a “Step Away” Challenge.

I’m heading to visit my bro and sis in law in Paris for 4 days, and not bringing my computer. Yes my hands shook when I wrote that! Those of you who know me well know my laptop is like my third arm. Leaving it behind will take strength and dedication. Not only am I ditching the computer, but I am committing to shut down my phone and take a social media hiatus for 80% of the time.

It will be difficult, but excellent for my psyche, physical health and creativity. 

I get some of my best ideas while on a walk or at rest. Heck, I wrote my MOJO Maker workshop as I lay down to sleep one night. I had been incubating on the concepts and flow for a while, but got distracted every time I sat down to develop the presentation. Then one night, the words poured right out of me. My husband thought I insane as I kept popping up to scribble thoughts down (I now keep a notebook by my bedside and jot concepts and ideas down often). It also helps me sleep!

Yesterday I read a highly engaged LinkedIn article in which the authors asked CEOs to share where their best ideas strike. 0% said at their desk. In addition to the shower, they cited situations such as:

  • while walking or running
  • in nature
  • watching a child at play
  • in a meeting where people openly share their opinions
  • brushing teeth
  • on a drive
  • walking the dog
  • in a dream
  • on a train

You get the idea.

Why is this? The study states, “The relaxing, solitary and non-judgmental shower environment may afford creative thinking by allowing the mind to wander freely, and causing people to be more open to their inner stream of consciousness and daydreams.” I suggest the same true as the other activities.

As hard as we may try, fresh ideas and the mind-freeing bliss do not happen an on-call basis.

With a long holiday weekend ahead for many of us, use the opportunity to take the “Step away” Challenge. Here’s how it works:

  • Give up the devices 80% of the time and reflect and record what happens.
  • Those who write, post or text me about the experience will be placed into a random drawing to win a t-shirt and MOJO Maker™ one-on-one consultation where we will outline manageable baby steps to navigate the holiday season and keep your personal health plan on track.
  • Just sharing when and where ideas flowed, or what they were will enter you to win
  • The challenge starts Thursday 11/24 at midnight (Wed night) and ends Monday 11/28 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Those who do not have the day off get a little leniency on the 80% rule, but must participate when not at work.
  • Honor system rules apply!

As stated in one of the articles, “the desk is for doing things.”

I suggest the handheld devices a distraction from what may be holding you back from achieving things and what’s right in front of you this weekend: family, friends, a healthful food choice, a walk outside, the next big idea. Who knows, maybe you’ll come up with a life-altering concept! So step away, and I look forward to hearing how it went. 

Happy Thanksgiving. Rest, recharge, refresh and STEP AWAY.

Stepping Away,

Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™