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.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™