In part 1 (link at the end of this post) we looked at scientific support on why a warm bath or shower can help us feel relaxed so we can get those creative ideas flowing.
A University of London scientist summed it up this way:
‘For many people, it’s the most relaxing part of the day.’ It’s not until we’re being massaged by warm water, unable to check our e-mail, that we’re finally able to hear the quiet voices in the backs of our heads telling us about the insight. The answers have been there all along – we just weren’t listening.”
In part 2, we explore how getting the good ideas is just part of the solution. You also need to capture those ideas – so they don’t disappear or go down the drain with the warm water that helped get the ideas flowing.
For years I made a habit of keeping a cheap paper notebook in our home bathroom and got into the habit of writing down a few key words to remind me of the ideas. This got more difficult in the colder months when your main priority becomes putting on some clothes to get warm fast. The ideas often ‘disappeared’ if I moved on to other things. When I DID jot down a few words in my notebook with its page warped where drops of water fell, the crude capturing device worked.
Recently, I found that a much better idea capturing solution exists in the US – a special waterproof notepad (Aquanotes) that you can use while actually IN the shower. There are even suction cups so you can stick the notebooks to the glass or tiles in the bathroom.
Because of my background in business communication and creative endeavours, I am engaged as a ‘creative consultant’ to an Executive Escape and Writer’ Retreat (Sirenia Retreat) where ‘creative’ and ‘corporate’ and ‘creative corporate’ types can have the time and space (and idea-capturing tools) to get their projects kick-started or completed.
The owners of Sirenia Retreat have accepted my recommendation to import some of these special Aquanotes notebooks – for use IN the bathrooms AND as ‘takeaways’ as part of the Executive Escape and Writer’s Retreat packages.
I’ve also recommended having notebook and pen set by each bed – so ideas that come to people while in bed get captured too.