So much of our content comes to us fully formed. People use to have to read and imagine the characters and scenes. Even the old radio theater left a lot to your imagination. With the advent of motion pictures, we don’t get to exercise and develop our imagination the way we use to. In a way, we’ve lost an important tool.
The secret I’ve found is daily walks, which have been tremendously beneficial for me. Sooner or later, we all get lazy and turn into a couch potato. However, every time I start one of my 20 minute / day exercise programs on a Monday, I get more than 2.5 hours back in increased productivity by Friday. It also stimulates my:
- Vitality: I feel better,
- Problem Solving: I have more of those “Eureka” moments, and
- Creative Juices: New creative and cleaver ideas just come to me.
For me, it doesn’t have to be a fast walk. It’s not really about the exercise. It’s more about just moving, getting outside, breathing fresh air, the mindless rhythm of walking, and the simulation simply walking induces.
Disclaimer: If you have any concerns about walking 20 minutes / day, ask your Doctor about it first.
- Unplug during your daily walk. Leave your phone, your music, and your troubles behind. Ok, you can bring one trouble with you. You may find a really good answer by the time you get back.
- You can bring a notepad or voice recorder with you, although if you can get to it right after you finish your walk, before you get distracted and loose your train of thought, then you can leave it behind as well. You don’t want to be stopping every 3 minutes to write something down anyway, although being able to record a reminder so you can free your mind can be helpful.
- I find the best time for me is first thing in the morning. There seem to be fewer distractions at that time, and then I can get back, take my shower, and start my day as normal… with a head start on some ideas, and increased energy and enthusiasm. Often times, it’s hard to wait to put my ideas into action.