Apr 23, 2009
We all get these. We keep thinking about something and even though we realize we are not getting anywhere, we continue to stress our mind in the same direction, with no use. For times like these Doug King said
“Learn to pause…or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”
One of the best strategies to get out of a mental block is to pause and get away from the problem for sometime. It may be a few minutes, a few hours or few days. Taking a break and getting involved in some other mentally stimulating thing actually recharges your mind and allows you to get back to the problem with a fresher perspective. The thing that works for me in most of the cases is playing small silly games available on the Internet; games that even 6 year old can play. But that’s me, for some people its taking a walk in the park, for some people its a good conversation, for some people its listening to music.
The reason why this works is because when we re-approach the problem after a break, we look at it with somewhat different set of assumptions. This allows you to back off a little bit and look at the big picture again which you might be completely missing since you were so engrossed in the details.