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[incubation period] Distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution

[incubation period] Distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution [incubation period] Distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution
Source: Stevyn Llewellyn via thecuriousbrain
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(…) distraction isn’t always a bad thing.

If you are stuck on a problem, an interruption can force an “incubation period,’’ In other words, a distraction [ed. like a shower] may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution.

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Source : When being distracted is a good thing, February 27, 2012, Boston Globe

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Leisurely stroll: The inventor Nikola Tesla is said to have had the idea of creating alternating electrical currents during a walk.

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The Greek scientist Archimedes is said to have had the sudden revelation principles of density and buoyancy (Archimedes' principle) as he entered his hot bath. He realized that as he entered the water of his bath, the level of the water rose and the volume of water displaced was equal to the immersed volume of his body. From then on, it became possible to measure the volume of any object  by measuring the volume of water displaced.

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Jogging would be the first place for me. I find that my most creative and thoughtful ideas come during running... There's something that makes me think differently - and over the years I've found that I've been solving problems or brainstorming while running.

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Woody Allen, in a 2013 interview for esquire said : "In the shower, with the hot water coming down, you've left the real world behind, and very frequently things open up for you. It's the change of venue, the unblocking the attempt to force the ideas that's crippling you when you're trying to write".

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J.K. Rowling (the author, or Harry Potter) says that she took advantage of a four-hour train journey to come up with an idea that would generate billions of dollars and bring boundless joy to readers around the globe.

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Richard Branson (billionaire entrepreneur) said that nature, fun and family are his greatest inspiration. His best ideas came to him while swinging leisurely in a hammock  - on his private island.

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