5 Tactics for Idea Incubation: Ideas While You Wait

Creativity requires time. Sometimes, it requires down time.

There’s a reason why so many people insist that their best ideas come to them in the shower. When your mind is relaxed, it’s able to play and make connections in ways it can’t when you’re focused too hard.

So why not take a little break from all that hard work? Give one of my top five tips for idea incubation a try.

  1. People watch. There’s nothing like sitting back in a crowded place like an airport or a park and just taking in what people are doing. Your mind will start to naturally interpret what you see, create backstories, relationships, personality traits, motivations, quirks. Fun and educational for anyone whose life involves other people.
  2. Work out.For me, exercising is one a surefire way to get my brain to just shut up for a while. Plus, it gets all that blood pumping and flowing through your brain. Even just going for a walk and trigger new thoughts.
  3. Go out for coffee. Or tea. Or a smoothie. Changing things up encourages your brain’s synapses to create new connections. A change of scenery may be all you need. Sit, sip and wait for inspiration to hit.
  4. Stare out the window. Relax. Daydream. Let your mind wander.
  5. Do some housework. Fold the laundry, do some dishes, make your bed. Just get away from your desk. These mindless activities will help get your mind away from your work. And, if nothing comes from it immediately, at least you got something done. Bonus.
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