Every aspect of our modern life has been affected by the fact that we are creative beings and that we have the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality. Ideas are basically seeing the world as it could be, not just the way it is.
We know that ideas are powerful and can change not only our own lives but have the potential to change the world. People much smarter than myself have spent years studying the idea of ideas and where they come from. Ideas, while seemingly very vague and abstract (just sort of happen), actually have a distinct process triggered by some key factors.
One of those factors is that ideas need time. A person that is rushing around busy with many tasks is not able to stop and let the brain germinate the thoughts that then connect to other thoughts or experiences, which then turn into an idea. Ideas happen when we have time to make the insightful connections in our brain and have that eureka moment. This is why so many great ideas happen in the shower. It is the one point in your day where you are not juggling many different tasks or responsibilities, you are alone to think to yourself, not accessible to the world, you are relaxed, and you are in an environment where you can dream, connect, and be inspired. The biggest problem with this, however, is that we usually do not have something in the shower to write down that great idea or thought, and by the time we can write it down, we have moved back to the busyness of life.
Besides the idea of taking longer showers, how else can we apply what we have talked about to our lives and the lives of our students? One is that we need to build time into our schedule for “down time.” We need to be okay with not being busy from sun up to sun down. That is not a very easy task in this fast-paced, multitasking world that we live in. Technology is awesome and facilitates amazing things in our lives and in the work place but it also has begun to fill up our down time and we are always connected and always on the go. Most of us (teachers and administrators) continue to work way past the quitting bell. Our work follows us home through our tablets, smartphones, and laptops. So in today’s world we have to start scheduling a virtual shower into our day. A place we can go where we are alone, not accessible, comfortable and relaxed, for at least 15-20 minutes so that amazing machine we call a brain can start to dream, connect, and be inspired.
For those that have had life changing ideas hit them in the shower here is something for you. I am going to make the assumption that the inventor of this thought of it when he or she was in the shower (http://tinyurl.com/lovmd5r).
For those that want the shower experience but do not want to get wet here is something for you to (http://www.showerti.me/)
iHOS Blog #4
Day 4 of 30