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Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.
"Typical triggers for events, that make us feel great and relaxed and therefore give us an increased dopamine flow are taking a warm shower, exercising, driving home, etc. The chances of having great ideas then are a lot higher.

Still, that’s not all there is to it. Dopamine alone, which gets triggered in hundreds of events, where we aren’t very creative, can’t be the only reason. Another crucial factor is a distraction, says Harvard researcher Carson:

“In other words, a distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution.’’

Especially if you have thought long and hard all day about a problem, jumping into the shower can turn into what scientist call the “incubation period” for your ideas. The subconscious mind has been working extremely hard to solve the problems you face and now that you let your mind wander, it can surface and plant those ideas into your conscious mind."
2013  brain  showers  ideas  thinking  research  creativity  dopamine 
march 2013 by robertogreco
imbriferous, adj. : Oxford English Dictionary
OED WoTD, ‘imbriferous, adj.’, ‘Rain-bringing, showery’ —
words  weather  rain  precipitation  showers  via:Preoccupations 
july 2012 by robertogreco
A Whole Lotta Nothing: Why everyone loves coming up with ideas in the shower
"A shower is great for coming up with ideas because it's essentially a sensory deprivation chamber in your very own home. Lots of white noise from the water, coupled with all white walls and obscured glass means there are no auditory or visual outside distractions to hinder thinking."
showers  brainstorming  psychology  cv  matthaughey  thinking  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.

Everyone who's worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else. There's a kind of thinking you do without trying to. I'm increasingly convinced this type of thinking is not merely helpful in solving hard problems, but necessary. The tricky part is, you can only control it indirectly..."
business  creativity  distraction  mind  lifehacks  productivity  psychology  thinking  startups  paulgraham  entrepreneurship  motivation  innovation  philosophy  politics  ideas  cv  attention  focus  tcsnmy  showers 
july 2010 by robertogreco

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