Wash the Dishes

Washing dishes mindfully by smelling the soap and feeling the shape of the dishes can increase mental stimulation.

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Listen to Music

Music can put you into a “mind-wandering” state that’s perfectly conducive to coming up with new and creative ideas.

People who are concentrating too hard will sometimes block the creative processes necessary for problem-solving.

A drink or two might just help calm your brain.

Completing mindless chores gets you up and moving and helps make room for inspiration to flow.

Go for a Walk

Walking increases creativity.

We don't need to use too much effort into walking, we just need to leave the mind free to wander.

Daydreaming is linked to creativity.

The greatest insights come when we stop trying to be so purposeful.

Take a Nap

Dreaming is a source of inspiration because your brain is working even when you’re asleep.

If you can’t seem to break through your brainstorming session, take a nap.

Taking a shower is relaxing. It is also distracting, which helps your subconscious do its work. 

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Freewrite

When you are feeling stuck, start writing about whatever is on your mind.

Set aside 10 to 15 minutes. It may start out as a page of gibberish, but soon ideas will start to flow.

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Plan the Rest of Your Day

When you don't feel like working on your tasks, take a few moments to plan your day.

Even if you do it as a form of procrastination, to postpone doing the actual work, it will help you by keeping you on track for the rest of the day.

Our brains have two ways of operating
  • Focused: when you're very focused on solving the problem in front of you. But this also clamps down on unconventional and creative solutions
  • Distracted: when you’re unfocused and your mind wanders, because you’re relaxed. This engages the autopilot area of your brain. The rest of your mind is free to wander, making connections and encouraging creative thoughts to form.

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