When do you get your best ideas? In the shower? On a run? While falling asleep or listening to your favorite speakers? I would say these are all my sources of inspiration, and it’s even hard to rate them and say which one is the best.
Sometimes, my ideas start flowing in when I relax in bed and right before drowsing off. I guess, that’s when our brain is in a defused mode and can generate most ideas, according to Barbara Oakley and her Mind for Numbers book.
Another awesome way to get creative is to go for a run. When we’re running, our brain receives more oxygen and can create more neuron connections and generate more ideas. Exercise is also another way for us to get into a defused mode. We focus on a problem or a challenge for a while right before we go out, then leave everything as it is, go to the gym or for a run and let our brain do the work. You will be surprised what an amazing creation our brain is. It will start producing solutions while you’re relaxed or distracted or focused on something else.
What are your sources of inspiration? What helps you get more creative and find your best ideas or solutions?