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That’s a scientifically recognized phenomenon where an idea is unconsciously worked out by the brain. It often happens when we are trying to solve a hard problem and take a break to do an unrelated task.
Concentrating harder won't force the 'eureka moment' when you're experiencing a mental block.
When you're struggling with a problem or decision take a break from thinking hard.
Some studies say an incubation period as short as 10 minutes might be enough to gain a new perspective. But that’s not unanimous, so you might want to experiment to discover what works for you.
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