When I am stuck, I love to step away from whatever I am doing to clear the noise from my brain. Sometimes I do a little gardening, sometimes I take a walk or work out. Other times I make some music on the drums or piano - or tackle the dishes.
Back when I was near waves, I'd go surfing.
These breaks almost always lead to new clarity.
When I am working on particularly hard problems and I sense that I am spinning my wheels, this practice has proven hugely valuable.
Research in recent years has offered more insight into what's happening. In the fast company article below, Dr. Art Markman of the University of Texas at Austin describes some of the things that go on when procrastination is a tactic.
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