"Where do you do your best thinking? Anywhere but your desk, if you’re like most knowledge workers and leaders. And probably not at work either. Not thinking, but relaxing into your unconscious can produce better thinking."
Change colleague Liz Guthridge has a winner of a post on accessing quality thinking by simply not thinking for a spell. Techniques of mindful meditation, rest (or siesta, as I'd prefer from my Argentine side), as well as just stepping away for a break can contribute to a fresh view and insights from the deep well of our unconscious. ~ DN
Individuals tend to get good ideas while driving, exercising, reading, meditating or talking to others.
That’s because we automatically tap into our unconsciousness to do most of our thinking. It doesn’t require effort on our part, as David Rock explains. Even better, our unconsciousness—which can seem as vast as the Milky Way—makes powerful connections for us.
...Offices are not brain-friendly settings.
Her steps to access include:
1. Quiet your brain. Start by putting aside all of the electronic gadgets that stimulate you and your brain. You also may want to close your eyes.
2. Let your mind wander. (DN: Mindfulness practices teaches us to observe thoughts, but to NOT engage them.)
3. Put yourself in a positive state.
4. Do something else other than work on the issue, problem or dilemma you’re facing.
Read Liz's post in full here, which includes my commentary on accessing both the Jungian appreciation of the unconcious and using tools, like the MBTI used at the second level of functioning.