Apart from exercising, sleeping and hydrating yourself well, here are 7 other ways (in no particular order of importance) you can focus, think better and stimulate your creative side.
1. Clear your desk
Your desk (or wherever you identify as your workspace), is your headspace; a cluttered desk induces a similarly cluttered state of mind. So before you start anything, whether it is working or brainstorming, take a few minutes to tidy up and clear everything that is unnecessary and will not be useful to you.
2. Pen & Paper
Distractions aside, nothing beats having a blank piece of paper laying in front of you and a pen in hand, because it is unlikely for most of us to be able to resist the urge to fill it up. Our minds are almost always preoccupied with our daily commitments and responsibilities in check, so having a tangible space (rather than a mental one) might just be what you need to filter through the important and the unimportant, and help you organise your thoughts into a more coherent manner.
Ever find yourself pacing around the room when you are trying to recall something? A 2014 Stanford study explains the connection between walking and thinking. It could also be moving while brainstorming that tricks your mind into thinking that there is a distraction, which ironically helps you cut other distractions. So walk on a treadmill, take a stroll in the park, and keep your legs moving!
While this tip will only be effective if you do it on the daily, try taking some time to listen to the world around you (this works best on public transport). That’s right, it’s time you set aside your music playlist and yes, you might call that ‘eavesdropping’ since you will most likely end up listening to other people’s conversations. But oftentimes it can’t be helped when people speak so loudly, right? A few years back, I met a local scriptwriter who told me that this was her source of inspiration for new ideas, and was what assured her that her storylines would be relatable. This brings me to my next point:
Rather than thinking about the topic, try thinking around it. Think: Have you experienced anything like that before? How did you feel about it? Why is that so? What does it mean to you? What can you do about it? By connecting the topic with your personal experiences, you will start examining certain concerns, which is the formula for new solutions and ideas.
6. Take cold showers
I was given this advice by a local organisation which offers different methods for students to study better. According to them and also ‘Medical Daily’, sudden contact with low temperatures causes your body to go into shock and respond by breathing in more deeply. This in turn increases your oxygen intake, which is sent to your brain as well (hooray!)! Shouldn’t I just take deeper breaths then? You may ask. Well, I doubt you can sustain that for as long as you do in the shower. Click on the link above to find out more benefits taking a cold shower can provide.
7. Look through your gallery
‘A picture speaks a thousand words.’ Sound familiar? But it’s true. In fact, 65% of us are visual learners and require visual stimulations to evoke a memory, an emotion, a concern, etc. And who knows? The pictures in your phone or photo album could be the trigger! Alternatively, if it would be helpful to you in any way, you could try looking through this random compilation of photos that I have taken since the start of this year (2018):
And before you go, here’s one last thing that you SHOULD NOT DO:
The last thing that you want to do is to pick up your phone and search things up. Most of the time, doing this incites people to modify someone else’s idea rather than come up with their own. If made a habit, your brain will rely less on itself and more on the Internet, which is definitely not what we’re after! So remember, if you do end up turning to the Internet for help, search for inspiration, not the answer.
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