With responding to Blackberry messages, Internet research, business meetings and an overload of information existing as the norm in today’s globalized world, you may realize you have all the time in the world for absorbing information and much less time in thought. Many ideas were generated by “idle thought” and ideas arriving while not working at the task.
In order for the imagination to do what it does best, which is to produce creative thought, you have to give your mind the “free time” necessary for those thoughts to flow through you. To use the imagination is as vital to innovation as it is to simply setting aside your work to take a mental rest.
Easier said than done? Maybe so. Below are three ways to steal some valuable thought time:
1. Set a schedule for thought time using your phone. This device is with you over 50% of the time, right? Why not use it to remind you of the 10-20 minutes you should be taking to relax your mind, gather your thoughts and let them flow creatively?
2. Find a place of solitude. Your neighborhood may be overly active, surely, but you can benefit from establishing your thought time in a place where you can be certain no one ventures. If it’s within your own home or apartment, select a room and design it to meet your mental relaxation needs. Light candles or have music which soothes playing in the background. Returning to your place a few times will automatically set your mind for calmness and mental flow.
3. Remain committed and resist temptations. Opportunities to leave your place of solitude or ignore the message sent from your phone will consistently be in sight. The chance to snag a sale at a store or put in overtime at work may seem more appealing at the time, but it is vital that you keep your commitment once you accept it. This will strengthen your moral resolve, your ability to make decisions and stick with them unwavering, as well as give you positive mental results over time.
This article was written by Trent A. Rhodes.