Published on February 6, 2010
Jolting yourself out of the rutTips to get the ideas flowingDave Birss
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Hit the pub Go somewhere different. Different environments give you a different state of mind.
Research proves it works. Cows that listen to soothing music produce more milk. The tempo of Baroque music is similar to the speed of the brain waves that are associated with creative thinking.Give yourself a soundtrack
Hit the pub again If you’re putting pressure on yourself, a pint or two might help you relax. Or maybe some coffee. It’s worth a try.
Write down the problemIf you ask the rightquestion, you’rehalf way to solvingthe problem.Or maybe more.
Keep rewriting the problem Maybe you’re still asking the wrong question. Rewriting it in a different way may help you think about it differently too.
Do somethingthat requires alot ofconcentration.It clears yourmind andpushes theproblem toyour morepowerfulback brain.Solve a sudoku instead
If you can’t solve the problem as you, do it as someone else. Imagine you’re someone extra smart and try to solve it as them.What would Stephen Fry do?
You may be setting your standards too high. Deliberately lower them to get the ideas flowing. You can raise them again later.Deliberately come up with bad ideas
Go read some stuff Maybe you don’t have enough information. Do more. The answer may come from a small insight hidden away.
Have a nap They say that dreams are your brain’s way of sorting out data. Have a nap and let it go to work.
If there’s a way people usually try to solve a problem, think about the opposite way. It probably won’t work but it’ll get you thinking differently.Do the opposite
Map your thoughtsIt’s a great way of seeing that you’re exploring lotsof areas.
Finish those Post Its Don’t settle for the first idea. Set yourself a goal and don’t give up until you reach it.
Hit another pub Buy someone a drink and talk to them. Get their opinion. Business advice for under a fiver (with Pork Scratchings thrown in).
Give up Just for the moment. If it’s not working right Give up** ** now, don’t push it. You’ll only push yourself further into the rut.
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