Last Updated on 17 March 2023

Ever wonder why great ideas seem to pop into your head at the strangest (and now and then inopportune) times? Like when you’re… falling asleep, in the shower, or working out? It’s not a coincidence. These are times when your body is switched to autopilot, and your conscious mind doesn’t need to labor to perform these routine tasks. So the mind creatively wanders and processes other stuff. Processes thoughts and problems that have been churning in the back of your mind.

But what if you could harness this as a skill and use it at will?

It’s probably unrealistic to think you’ll be able to tell your boss…

“I just finished lunch and will have some BIG ideas for you later this afternoon! I’ve got to try to fall asleep first!”

So if a midday nap or at-work shower isn’t practical, what else could you do to allow your mind to wander creatively? Idea Sandbox recommends:

Cloud Gazing

Yep, that’s right. The same techniques you used as a kid – looking up at clouds, inspired by their formations, and seeing shapes… ducks, bunnies, and bears – can be used to stimulate great ideas.

So how does it work?

Take a 15 to 30-minute recess from your project. Get outside, or at least to a big window – and gaze. Toss your (problem, opportunity, challenge) out to the clouds, relax, let your mind wander, and see what forms. This technique secret is allowing your mind to drift – like the clouds – versus concentrating.

I can’t guarantee every time that the new bottle design you need will reveal itself in cloud shapes. Or that forming clouds will definitely inspire the new customer communication strategy you’re seeking. However, I assure you you’ll be more relaxed, energized, and focused when you return to your desk.

I hope you try Cloud Gazing and see if it works for you. Good luck! And remember… only use your new Cloud Gazing powers to do good!