The 1 Mindfulness Method I Use To Ideate And Solve Complex Problems

Samantha Radocchia
Apr 3, 2018 · 4 min read

That’s why I spend time each day performing a very simple, yet powerful, exercise — walking.

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in grade school.

Being in motion helps you loosen up, ideate, communicate, and work through complex problems.

People operate on different frequencies throughout the day.

For me, walking is a way to initiate that flow state.

When I lived in San Francisco, I deliberately chose where I lived so I could be within walking distance of my office. But not too close. I wanted to be far enough that my morning walk would take about an hour.

When you change your environment, you open yourself up to new ideas and encounters.

If you sit in the same environment all day, you’re probably going to fall into your habits. You won’t be stimulated to think differently or take a new approach.

That’s why it’s good to leave a little room for creativity and serendipity.

You don’t have to set out by saying, “At the end of this walk, I’ll have solved this specific problem.” You’re just trying to change your environment and open your mind to new possibilities.

Walking gives you the time you need to process information and choose the way you respond.

I really enjoy walking after an important meeting, because whether it went well or it went poorly, I still need to process and digest it.

The goal is to give yourself some time and space between your initial reaction and your response.

Walk home after the meeting, go grab some tea, get moving while the information is still fresh and you can digest it.

I know this isn’t going to be for everyone.

There are plenty of people who don’t work well in motion. They feel ungrounded. They like sitting in the same place and having the same routine every day. Everyone’s different.


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