When is your best thinking moments?

I read this article yesterday by Gijs van Wulfen on LinkedIn. If you aren’t aware of it yet, I do a lot of my reading there 😉

Gijs helps starting innovation effectively as facilitator, author and speaker. He did a post titled When do you get great ideas?  211 Managers and professionals from all over the world described as a comment their eureka or AHA-moments. And funnily, these were the top results:

1. Showering 11.2%;

2. Sleeping 9.2% (dreaming);

3. Driving 8.6% (my car, motorbike);

4. Walking 8.0% (in nature or walking the dogs);

5. Working out & running 7.2% (jogging);

6. Before sleeping 6.6%;

7. Waking up 6.6%;

8. Talking to others 3.7%

9. Alone 3.2%

10. Always 3.2%

What strikes me most is that only 0.6% of the eureka-moments happens “in a brainstorm” or “at work”.

You can read the full article here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131223120329-206580-top-10-eureka-moments-shower-sleep-and-drive

The article is great as it highlights how everyone thinks differently. In fact most had their best moments when they were least expecting it. When the mind changes gear and instead of being stuck on the same rut of thinking that identified the problem, the solution came when they ‘stopped’ thinking about it consciously. Ah… the beauty of our ‘unconscious’ mind, the subconscious if you please 🙂

Einstein said that “no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking”, but he also said “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them”. The key here is to use a variety of tactics to deliberately change the track of our ‘thinking’ state so we approach problems from different angles. This goes to support my view on why Bird’s eye view is essential in both our personal and professional life. 

Usually my best ideas come to me on the days I give myself time off from thinking. Mentally, I put down everything that is going on in my life, my work as a Food Security Advisor, my volunteer roles as Program Manager for an online Radio and as a Public Relation Advisor for Butthan Foundation, my ghost-writing, online trainings, even my blogging. It’s when I put everything aside that I get my best from myself.

I had my best ideas on how to integrate the private sector into our development projects when I was out mixing with groups of friends whose work are completely different from mine. My best blog posts literally came when I stopped looking within and concentrated more on helping out others. I love my month-long summer breaks in Europe mostly because all that hiking, trekking and camping, being out in nature and being ‘present’ in the moment, helps me to achieve clarity on the purpose of my life. On a day-to-day basis, I find that I think most clearly right before I fall asleep and just when I wake up.

So when do you think best? What are your ‘eureka’ moments? 🙂


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