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Time warped 2

I’m reading “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” by Steven Johnson for my book club. I’m not that into it, but there’s one thing reading it has reminded me. Sometimes your best and most creative thinking happens when you’re not trying.  For me my biggest insights happen when I’m walking up Mont Royal or when I’m asleep [and yes sometimes I even remember them].

So that means that one of the conditions we need to create for ourselves if we want to have good ideas is downtime.  Time away from the pressure to write, think, make, perform.

For anyone working in, or near, institutional environments knows that this is virtually impossible.  We’re now working at least 10 hours a day, 6 or 7 days/week.  More work piling on with every passing day. At the same time as virtually every organization I know is looking for more insight into and innovative solutions for their business and organizational challenges, and every government I can think of is looking to recreate our economic model, we’ve got less and less time to just down tools and let our brains do what they do – noodle when we’re not thinking about anything.

There’s something wrong here and we don’t have the time to stop and think about it.

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Deborah Hinton Friday, October 29th, 2010
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