“Imagination is the highest form of research.” —Albert Einstein
Ever have a good idea pop into your head, seemingly out of nowhere? We all have, but I bet it didn’t happen when you were heads-down working on a project, facing a demanding deadline, running late for a meeting, yelling at the stupid drivers who cut you off, or in the middle of some other intense experience. I bet it happened when you were in the shower, going for a run, hiking, listening to music, or doing some other solo task that relaxed you.
To make room for new ideas, we must take a break from the intensity of our work, and sometimes even a break from other people. At least that’s my “take.” Research shows that taking just a five-minute break and going outside is restorative.
Would it surprise you that Albert Einstein was a loner? He got his ideas while playing his violin or disappearing into the woods for hours. Then in 1905, at the age of 26, he penned his famous papers on the theory of relativity, with which he upended the world of physics.
What was the secret to his creative and scientific success?
Mayo Oshin answers that question in his recent post, “Einstein’s most effective life hack wasn’t about productivity.” Here’s a snippet:
In our pursuit of “getting more things done,” we’ve lost sight of the true meaning of productivity.
Productivity isn’t about getting more things done, rather it’s about getting the right things done, while doing less.
The best way to figure out the right things to focus on and the best ways to tackle them is to spend more time alone with your thoughts and embrace solitude.
And just like Einstein, you’ll achieve much more and unleash your potential.
Ready to unleash your creative potential and boost your sales productivity? Read the rest of Oshin’s article. Then figure out how and when you can carve out some restorative alone time.