Why You Should Schedule Time to Let Your Mind Wander

Author

Tori Reid

October 27, 2014

Blocks are the worst enemy of any creative worker. German psychologist Wolfgang Köhler recommends working the proverbial bed, bath, and bus into your routine to let your thoughts flow and beat creative blocks.

We’ve already discussed why inspiration seems to strike at the unlikeliest of times. If you schedule activities that don’t require brain power, like taking a bath, riding the bus, or laying in bed, you’ll give your mind room to wander and take back the control you’re missing with creative blocks. If you’re mindful about it, you might even learn to avoid blocks altogether.

The bottom line: there’s a way to use mindless activities to your creative advantage. WorkAwesome recommends working these mind-wandering activities into your routine:

German psychologist Wolfgang Köhler originally wrote about the Bed, Bath, Busphenomena in terms of its relationship with creativity. Inspiration tends to strike at the most unlikely times, but understanding why this happens can help you set the stage to get those ideas flowing.

. . .When you’re stumped on where to go with a piece of writing take a walk, do the dishes, go for a run or head to the store to do some grocery shopping. The trick is to be sure you keep a pen and paper on you or use the voice notes function on your smartphone to capture those ideas when they hit.

So, schedule mindless activities to avoid creative blocks. The activities should be serene and semi-meditative. You won’t get the same effect from playing video games, for instance. Read about some other ways to cure creative blocks below.

7 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block | WorkAwesome

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