Disconnect to Generate Greater Clarity and CreativityApril 11, 2017 . .
When was the last time you came up with a brilliant, out-of-the-box idea while you were sitting at your desk? Do you struggle to generate greater clarity and creativity? If you are like me, the chances of you having that eureka, thunderbolt moment of creativity hit you, making you stand up in your cubicle or office and scream “WOW!” are SLIM TO NONE!
For me at least, my best “bolts” of energy and creativity come to me when I disconnect; when I’m out for a walk, washing the dishes, standing in the shower or at 3:00 in the morning…!
Why is that?
Well, our analytical, conscious minds (the left side of the brain) are wired to filter unlimited amounts of input and focus purely on one thought at a time. Our day jobs have actually re-wired our brains to focus on what we do. If you are a lawyer, for example, from the moment you entered law school, through articling and entrance to the field, your brain is re-wired to look for irregularities in contract language, mistakes in law application, etc. This re-wiring of our brains is brilliant for our ‘day job’ however it is nearly impossible to develop ingeniously different ideas when we are in that kind of a zone.
It is when our brains are quiet that the subconscious mind – which is incredibly powerful and imaginative – is able to get a signal through to our conscious minds.
To generate greater clarity, schedule time in your crazy (uninspired) day to disconnect for an hour. Instead of going for lunch with the same group of people that you have broke bread with for the last year, go out by yourself for a walk. DO NOT take any technology with you. DO NOT go out with an agenda. Just go and be. You will (I guarantee) come back with more clarity, ideas, and energy.
For me, every Tuesday morning I completely disconnect. No one can find me. It is the time where all my best thinking is done. That 2-3 hours away from the chaos of the day makes me WAY more productive. This past week, for example, I actually went into a sensory deprivation tank or “Float Tank” for 90 minutes. Float tanks are sound proof, completely and totally dark and filled with water the same temperature as the surface of your skin and 10 times the density of the salt water in the Dead Sea. When I was immersed in the tank, my body was completely supported by the density of the water and my senses were totally cut-off from any stimulus. In the 90 minutes that I was in this ‘other world,’ my sub-conscious or right brain was firing with “WOW!” When I emerged from the tank, I was so completely filled with ideas and new ways of looking at things that it took me 4 days to get it all mapped out into action (that is where the left brain can take over and get things done!).
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, partner at Incrementa Consulting Inc., #1 Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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