Have you ever noticed when you’re on holidays that big ideas just seem to come to you? The problem is, you want to relax and not think about work so you don’t bother doing anything about them and before you know it the great idea has gone up in smoke.
'Vacation thinking' is about understanding the need for taking breaks from thinking about your ideas. It’s also about being prepared for capturing the ideas that come when we least expect them. My good friend, Dr Craig, is a mad hang gliding buddy of mine who seems to know the value of ‘leave it’ in the creative process.
Picture the following: we’re flying 4000 feet in the air in a hang gliding competition. I can see Craig in the distance and, as usual, I’m trying to catch up to him. All of a sudden I see him wobble from side to side.
Finally, after what seems an eternity, I see Craig straightening up the glider and hear his voice, ‘Nils copy Craig.’ Scared, I ask him what was wrong: ‘Was it some bad air? Was it the glider?’ His response scares me even more. ‘I made a phone call.’
Later, safely back on the ground Craig, who’s a surgeon, elaborates. It seems that he had a host of operations booked in for the following day and while flying high in the sky had a brain wave for one of the operations that he immediately needed to share with a colleague! Now, while you may not share Dr Craig’s daring or, depending on how you look at it, ‘death wish’, attitude and use a phone while dangling in a fragile contraption high above the earth, I’m sure you can see the value in using a phone to capture your vacation revelation.
The mobile phone is simply the world’s best personal idea-capturing device. I reckon I get morefrom myself than anyone else at times. I simply call myself and tell myself the idea. I can then work on it later when I’m back at my workplace. The important thing is that you capture it immediately and work on it later. No need for getting into overtime mentality, simply capture it in 10 seconds and get back to enjoying your vacation.
So for these upcoming holidays, enjoy your break yet capture those good ideas (there will be more of them than you can imagine).
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Good Luck to your ideas and have a happy holiday!
Here's to your big ideas!