Where do they come from?
By Torrey Umland
I found that 80% of my best ideas come when I’m:
- Taking a shower
- A long drive
- Sitting on a plane
- Feeding my newborn babies
This is extremely useful for me. Knowing them, I can capitalize on these patterns. When I feel stuck I have a solution — take a hike.
Why is this? I think it has to do with distraction. In these scenarios it’s difficult or impossible to browse the Internet. My mind becomes isolated. Information overload stops for a moment. The world melts away.
Very few ideas appear while I’m:
- Checking email
- Reading books
- Watching video
- Driving in traffic
This is just me. Maybe reading books is more of a time-delay release kind of thing. Maybe I’m reading the wrong books. I don’t know.
I need to be more selective with information I take in. I need to avoid crappy commutes when I can. And remember to not stare at my inbox too long.
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