Today, I’m going through a creative block. I have this page open before me but I cannot think of a subject for today’s blog. So, in order to get inspired, I turn to the web for some help on blocked brain. Here’s a possible solution, by Martha Beck, Life Coach and Contributor to the Oprah Winfrey Show, O Magazine and others. (Pictured above) She calls it the Kitchen Sink Method for problem solving. I’ll quote from her website then try it out and see what topic I’ll come up with for tomorrow’s article.
The following method is an excerpt from http://www.marthabeck.com, part of an article titled: “Turn on Your Right Brain”:
Martha Beck says:
…. Time to push your newly awakened right hemisphere into useful service. Think of a problem that’s had you stumped for a while: Your preschooler won’t nap, you can’t make yourself exercise, you need to cut expenses without sacrificing quality of life. With this challenge in your mind, read a few paragraphs in several totally unrelated books. Then relax. Play with your cat, wash the dishes, watch the neighbors through binoculars. Think of the problem periodically, then drop it again.
This process encourages eureka epiphanies, like those moments in TV dramas where the brilliant doctor or sleuth gets the “ping” of insight that solves the case. Your first few ideas may not be perfect—many will be awful—but there are more where they came from. Once you begin encouraging the right brain to churn out solutions, it will do so more and more abundantly.
Turning on your right brain is a skill, one that grows steadily stronger the more you work at it. Trigger the sensation of deep practice by mastering any unfamiliar task, feed challenges and stray information into your right brain’s database, and see new ideas begin to emerge. As they do, you’ll move more confidently and productively through an increasingly complex world. When I see you out Rollerblading, eyes locked in a vacant yet squinty stare, I’ll know you’re getting the hang of it.