In my creative and job work, I’ve learned how to move around and have great ideas.
It turns out these things are related.
In “Doodle Revolution”, Sunni Brown points out that moving and creative thinking are related. Steve Jobs would go on “power walks” not to clear his mind but to focus and to work through creative blocks. Einstein would play the violin, improvising melodies while pondering complicated problems. Tesla could design and run machines in his mind, not bothering to draw them out!
At work I walk around as much as possible. Often I’ll jog around the block to stimulate the little gray cells. Before or after lunch I’ll draw my coworkers or tourists or cute dogs. At meetings and when learning new material I’ll take notes on paper, adding lines and diagrams and fonts as much as possible. It’s fun, and it helps me concentrate on the material, and integrate into my brain.
Here’s my notes from 2015’s Continuous Delivery “cdSummit SoCal” conference