Brain Break Imagineering - Need an idea? Take a nap! By Bill Jarrard

I’ve always been a visual person, which is why I like the creative thinking skill of Imagineering – imagine what might be and engineer it into reality. So when a Byte Stories email arrived telling me a competition for best liked stories ended in 48 hours, I knew I had to take action.

So I went for a quick nap – me, Missy our little dog and Jen even joined me after a few minutes. As I stretched out I placed a clear focus in my mind to work on – come up with a Byte Story topic readers would value and like, that I could write and post within 30 minutes.

My mind wandered over past events, near and distant – things I’d done, people I’d met, stories of my kids and family, and more. It was pleasing and relaxing to recall some good times and fun events, and I knew I’d have a great topic soon. This was the sort of creativity I enjoyed, letting images and memories float by, connecting with new thoughts until an answer, design or solution appears.

Then something Jen said hit me, why not do a story on how to take Brain Breaks for generating creative new ideas? Brilliant – simple and hopefully of value for you the reader. When you’re stuck looking for an answer or idea, sometimes the best thing to do is to just relax and stop concentrating.

Go for a walk, hang out some laundry, or have a nap and let your mind just wonder around what you’re trying to think about. Then when the idea strikes, get to work and make it happen. Imagineering in action! Good luck.

in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


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