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Do something different
I was out doing yard work this weekend, absorbing the sunshine and getting my hands dirty. It's a great change of pace. As I was edging along the flower beds, I realized how easily thoughts seemed to flow. I got the idea for this post.
Those of us who are early risers and like to push the envelope often pride ourselves on how little sleep we need. Well, that's just hog wash. There's so much research showing how the body and the brain need to be recharged each night. Sleep is like fuel for your mind. The more sleep, the better you think.
In fact, allowing yourself more sleep allows your subconscious to work on ideas and produce solutions. Once I was preparing for my role as Master of Ceremonies for a big fundraising dinner. I was trying to come up with some funny lines that I could use as I began the program. One night, I awoke and had 3 or 4 good ideas. I got up, jotted them down, and went back to sleep.
Don't try to write the entire memo, speech or project all at once. Start with one idea. If it's a speech, I like to think of the stories that I'll be using and how I will apply them to the main point in my outline. I work on just that one story, regardless of where it appears in the speech. That usually prompts me to keep writing, and pretty soon, the speech is finished.
How about you? Where do you get your good ideas?
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