Ideas

Where do they come from?

By Torrey Umland

I found that 80% of my best ideas come when I’m:

  • Taking a shower
  • Walking
  • 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.

What works and doesn’t work for you?

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