Where 'Out of Office' Stimulates Your Best Work
Most of us have at some point experienced how a short break from work can stimulate the mind to solve even the most difficult of problems. More often than not we seem to come up with great ideas and solutions when we're not actually working. Science tells us it is not about the location or what we are doing but rather the fact that we engage different parts of the brain when we change our surroundings and "switch off” our work mode.
Getting creative uses the same brain circuitry measured during dreaming: First, inhibition switched off (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, shut down). Then self-expression switched on (the medial prefrontal cortex).
But where do we find these magical places that stimulate our mind to creativity and allow us to come up with fresh ideas to solve the problems we struggle with? Put simply where do we come up with our best ideas?
To answer this question we have "gone to town" and conducted as series of qualitative and quantitative research of highly non-scientific character. The result is a list of the 7 most creatively inspiring places:
1. The Bath - Eureka!
That is right; the old Greek Archimedes cracked a seriously tricky nut of how to measure the volume of irregular objects by having a bath. According to popular legend he got so excited about sharing his discovery he ran naked through the streets of Syracuse.
2. The Shower
Archimedes didn’t have one but these days many of us find the white noise of the shower gets the creativity flowing as well as any bath.
"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” ~ Nolan Bushnell
3. Public transport
Mostly something which has to be endured rather than enjoyed but in this dynamic and changing environment your fellow travellers may well supply the seeds of information through overheard conversations or observed behaviour.
"I'd rather go by bus. There is nothing nicer in the world than a bus" ~ Prince Charles
4. In Bed
Darkness, silence, solitude and comfort. Perfect conditions for creative thought? At least Mozart seemed to think so
" ...during the night when I cannot sleep — it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them."
5. Coffee shop
Caffeine and sugar give you a boost whilst a more relaxed and dynamic surrounding allows your brain to start activating those.
"As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move...similes arise, the paper is covered Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle." ~ Honore de Balzac
6. The Pub
Kicking back with that early evening pint in good company after a long day may well help to clear a few cobwebs
“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” ~ Homer Simpson
7. Out for a run
Getting your whole body moving, the blood pumping and your brain a chance to re-focus readily stimulates thought process, at least if you are in the habit.
"Now bid me run and I will strive with things impossible" ~ Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Inspiration can come to us at any moment but hopefully you will now be more aware of where and when it may strike.
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