Turn it all off…
Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had 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
Creative thinking happen anytime, anywhere. But have you noticed that it tends to happen more often when your brain can wander at will. A simple thing like a long walk away from work is sometime beneficial. It is not because you are at work, sitting at your desk and typing on your computer 10 hours a day that your are automatically creative. A great idea won’t happen as often (if at all!) if you keep your brain busy at all the time with the necessity to tweet, respond to e-mails, passively watch TV (which is usually done to turn off your brain) and so on.
“Keeing busy” is the remedy for all the ills in America. It’s also the means by which the creative impulse is destroyed.”
― Joyce Carol Oates
Once in a while, turn it all off and do something else for a few hours or a few days, especially during a difficult portion of your thesis or of an ongoing project. See what comes out of it 😉