January 11, 2011
The Value of Nothing

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When children are born premature, they're placed in incubators. When fields stop producing, farmers let them lay fallow When baseball players are in a slump, they're often given a day off

It's the same with innovators -- or should be.

They, too, need to incubate. They, too, need to lay fallow. They, too, need a day off.

You already know this. That's why choose to "sleep on it" before making a decision.

Pausing isn't procrastinating. It's an act of renewal -- a chance to relax and let your subconscious shine -- a phenomenon that's all-too-rare these days -- especially in organizations where everyone is running in circles.

Face it. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.


THE TECHNIQUE

1. The next time you are working hard, but getting no results -- notice it.

2. Take a break.

3. Breathe.

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4. If you feel the urge to produce, let the urge pass.

5. During this time, notice the ideas that come to you -- and write them down.

Excerpted from Awake at the Wheel.

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at January 11, 2011 10:24 PM

Comments

I often do nothing to help get my mind rolling. If I try to hard I stay stuck!

Posted by: Josh [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2011 10:40 PM

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