We all know the feeling of not being able to come up with an idea, a solution, or a strategy. Sometimes my head feels as empty as the Diet Coke cans that rattle around the corners of my office. So what can be done to get those brain wheels turning?
Here are seven tips for having an original thought. Some are backed up by hard science, some are folk strategies that I keep hearing about.
1. Go for a walk. Nietzsche wrote, "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking," and studies show that the combination of exercise and sunshine increases alertness, focus, and energy. Leave your cell phone behind to allow yourself to think without interruption.
2. Do a headstand. People who practice yoga swear that a headstand stimulates ideas - whether by the increased blood flow to the brain, or the reversed view of the world.
3. Think about a problem, then go to sleep. The dreaming mind keeps working and sometimes presents a solution. In one famous example, FriedrichRead More »from 7 tips for having an original thought or finding a solution