Many ideas pop up in the middle of some mundane chore or oft-repeated task.
Why does this happen?
I believe it’s “sleight of mind” at work.
Sleight of hand is a magician’s tool used to distract the audience’s attention away from the real action of a magic trick.
Sleight of mind applies the same principle to the two sides of your brain. While your worker-bee left side is safely distracted by an activity, the creative right side runs off down hidden alleys kicking up ideas like a kid kicks up mud after a rain.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to shut down the right side.
For me, doing dishes by hand does the trick. Or washing the floor. There’s something about bubbles… I think I’d rather take a bubble bath.
Where did you find your most recent idea?
© Joan Leacott 2012