Sharpen your mind and solve your problems

22.02.2016 |

Episode #8 of the course The random word doodle: boost your creativity and exercise your mind by Rich Armstrong


Doodling. Imagine it could help you think clearer, work faster, be nicer, help other people, and come up with solutions to life’s gnarliest problems. Well… sometimes it can.

When we focus on something else, we let our subconscious get to work. Remember when you woke up in the middle of the night with a solution to your problem? That’s your subconscious, and it’s really good at doing things behind the scenes—it’s a fine piece of work. Focusing on doodling for 15 minutes is a great way to hand things over to your subconscious. Our big squishy gray thing is the most powerful tool we have, and when we let it get to work, it seldom lets us down. Sure the timing may not always be ideal, but it seldom fails.

When we start putting random things into our minds, our brains incorporate those things with current events and problems, and sometimes we see some amazing outcomes. It helps the brain think differently and laterally—not how you’ve been consciously thinking.

Another great thing about doodling is that it helps you articulate what your brain has been juggling around for a while. It gets something visual out into the world. The amount of times I’ve solved problems by doodling or drawing something is overwhelming. It’s like everything becomes crystal clear all of a sudden. I challenge you to doodle or draw out your situation the next time you’re in a pickle. Just start doodling and making pictures of everything that’s going on in your mind.

And now, onto our words for the day. They’re a bit different:

1. Obtest cairina
2. Delivery well-wishing
3. Canceling kirghiz
4. Alismatidae lore
5. Negroid reckoning
6. Afghani preserved
7. Creditworthy blennorrhoea
8. Human algebraic
9. Briarroot antichristian
10. Locksmith habilitation

The double-barrel-ness of these words often jam two unrelated things together with great results. They give our brains a bit more to chew on, and they may make you laugh more. The combinations help me think laterally. So go wild on the double approach today! And if you want, create a conversation starter—something that’s a bit controversial.

Okay, so you’ve done your first double-barrel day. Super! Don’t forget to share. I hope your brain is sweating and ready for smashing your day!


Recommended book

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg


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