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In one of the groups I belong to, a woman posted that she regularly thought of good blog post ideas in the shower and had no way to remember them. She said, “If only there was a way to take a pen and paper in there with me!” I thought this was a great topic to touch on before we get started on the Blogging Smart and Sassy Series.
I did a little digging and found that there’s a product that can help with this little problem – waterproof notepads!
Why We Think of Our Best Ideas in the Shower
Why do we think of our best ideas in the shower? There’s a science to this, you know.
Barry Kauffman, cognitive scientist and co-author of Wired to Create, conducted consumer research that showed 72% of those surveyed experience new ideas in the shower.
It seems that the environment of relaxation, scalp stimulation, and solitude is highly conducive to creative thinking.
Taking Advantage of the Situation to Think Up Good Blog Post Ideas
If we have some of our best ideas while taking showers, doesn’t it make sense to capitalize on the situation? One way of doing this is to bring a pen and paper into the bathroom. Sure, we can do this. But if you’re like me, you don’t really feel like being soaking wet and trying to take notes.
Another option is bringing your smartphone in the bathroom with you. If you have a recording app, you could dry your hands and record a message. Again, this is far from ideal.
Both options require you to take an additional step – drying off or leaving the shower (or both) – before you can jot down a note.
A third – and my favorite – option is purchasing a waterproof note-taking system for the shower. There are several options to choose from, each one refillable and one even has a built-in whiteboard.
Ways We Can Encourage Creative Thinking
We can definitely boost our creative thinking outside the shower by duplicating the factors that support new ideas.
Before we get to that, take my advice: keep a note pad and pen or a recording device handy because you never know when inspiration is going to strike! A lot of people say they will do this, but forget. Make this a priority and the next few suggestions will be a lot more effective!
Relaxation for Creative Thinking
The first factor is being relaxed. How can we recreate the same type of relaxation for creative thinking we get when we’re in the shower. I can think of a few ways:
- Take a bath
- Deep breathing
- Get a massage
- Go for a walk or get in a workout (I’m always relaxed after I get in a good workout)
- Listen to a guided relaxation audio
Action step: Think about what relaxes you most – for me, that’s being in water, so showers, baths, and pools work well – and do more of it.
Stimulation for Creative Thinking
We can recreate the stimulation we receive in the shower, too. Do something that invigorates you! Think outside the box on this one – sure getting active certainly helps, but think about when you most have fun or when you are most challenged.
Some ideas to get you thinking:
- Read a mystery novel
- Do a puzzle
- Spend the day at an amusement park
- Swim in the ocean
- Take a day-long road trip to somewhere you’ve never been before
- Get out in your community to volunteer
As you can see, facilitating stimulation is really about getting out of your head for awhile. Often, getting our minds off what we are focused on opens the opportunity for creative ideas to flow in.
Finding Solitude for Creative Thinking
Getting away from everything is another way to inspire good blog post ideas. Like I shared in this post about overwhelm, it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything that’s happening in our lives.
When we take a step back from our to-do list, our family responsibilities, and yes, our blogging, we create space in our mind and heart – a space that allows us to breathe and think…if we want to.
The beauty of getting away is that we can also take that time to do nothing at all, which in my experience is a very powerful way to renew my energy.
There’s More Than One Way to Come Up with Good Blog Post Ideas
As you can see, the shower doesn’t have to be the only place you think up good blog post ideas. Taking action on these tips is a great start – but I still recommend you pick up a waterproof note pad for the shower. Hey, when a good idea strikes, you gotta be ready, no matter where you are!
Do you get good post ideas in the shower? How do you get your creative thinking jumpstarted? Let me know in the comments below!
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