Sometimes, the mind just needs a distraction to focus.
One of the aspects of coming up with new ideas is to let your subconscious process information and make connections, which can be spurred by not actively thinking about your problem. The tactile nature of the comfort doodad, I’ve found, also helps me engage other senses instead of sitting idly and thinking. It’s a nice break from routine.
In alignment with the above article by lifehacker, I have noticed the exponential surge of innovation when my teams or myself take creativity breaks like;
- Soaking in a hot tub and talking about other things
- Playing with toys and building random stuff with Lego
- Sitting on the toilet
- Playing with random toys on my table top
Remember Silicon Valley’s scene when Richard gets a “stroke” of inspiration?
(WARNING: Adult Themes & Coarse Language in the scene]