Breaks and Creativity


Don’t forget to buy Design, Code, Test, Repeat.  It’s a fun, funny, and helpful read.

In one section of my book, I talk about taking a step away from your desk when you’re trying to figure out a tricky solution to a problem or are trying to think creatively.  If you don’t believe me, here’s an interesting article about different types of thinking.

I solve most of my creative problems and have most of my epiphanies when I’m not staring at the computer screen.  That’s not to say that I don’t come up with good stuff when I’m actively working – I do.  But it never ceases to amaze me how many great (well, I think they’re great, just allow me that) ideas I have when I’m taking the dog for a walk, taking a shower, or sitting at the dinner table – anytime I’m letting my mind wander.

Just yesterday I had an idea for a new project at the dinner table, then I came up with some more ideas related to it when I was watching TV later in the evening.  Next time you have a tough problem, try taking a break and taking the pressure off yourself.  Talk to yourself – explaining the problem to yourself or someone else can open up these same creative pathways.