I love Google Alerts, they help me find stuff I’d never find on my own making it easy for us non-surfing, lazy folks. That’s how I happened to see the post on CEO Jim Estill’s blog. You need to read it (it doesn’t take that long) for the rest of my post to make sense.
Following Jim’s lead, block out at least an hour a week (more is better) to stop being busy—no email, no texting, no phone, no surfing, no ipod, no TV, no nothing—and just let your mind roam. Don’t push it, let it mull. Suggest subjects, but don’t force them if your mind wants to go elsewhere.
It will take some practice and don’t be surprised if you hear your mental mulling gears creaking in their effort to turn, but persevere. The results will be well worth the effort.
And if you’re working to increase innovation in your company you’ll find integrating an uncharted hour into your corporate culture will go a long way to making that happen.
Busy is not conducive to creative thinking!
Think about which gives the highest ROI then print it and tape it on your monitor, the mirror’s in the restrooms and wherever else you choose.
Then DO it.
When do you do your most creative thinking?
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