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Out of the blocks solutions!

Have you noticed how in the middle of a spell of work you suddenly hit a roadblock or simply run-out-of-juice; there is complete cessation in the flow of ideas and the body/mind refuse to move.

Today I encountered a block of the nature described above – I just couldn’t find a subject to write on. Indeed!

What does one do at such times? I thought of a few:

–  Take a break! Just relax.

–  Take a power nap – sleep is good for the brain.

–  Go for a walk, maybe speak with someone for a while – detune from the task.

–  Find an alternate activity – read a book or watch a video or play a game.

–  Ask a friend or family member what they would do at such moments?

–  Ask your Boss or Colleague if they care for a coffee and take some inputs.

–  Write an article about the situation, like I did!

Items 1 & 2 speak about rest or a shutdown of the mind – that helps to declutter and revive the grey cells – like the muscles, the brain too can get fatigued and cries for some rest. Listen to it – after the break you are able to work better.

If you are focused on a screen or a paper it best that you give the eyes some rest too – exercise your eyes and body. Maybe stand up and walk around a bit.

Items 3 & 4 are about doing something else – something other than the task you are on; the brain is able to break the pattern because maybe a different part of the brain is in use. The change will help to get rid of the monotony, which is another reason for fatigue. When you indulge in some fun activity or read an interesting book you get energised once again. If you are already working on the computer its best not to play a computer game during the break; in such cases you can go for the other options.

Items 5 & 6 are about involving others – you are not disconnecting from the problem now but bringing someone into the discussion, get another point-of-view or a fresh perspective. You share details of  the block you experienced and then permit the others to provide you some insights or suggestions.

Having another person to listen to your issues is a great stress reliever and hearing his/her share thoughts would open new vistas for you to explore. In fact, for my blog writing the feedback from readers and their constant encouragement have been excellent catalysts and energy-pills – they provided the right kind of impetus to my efforts.

The 7th point I mentioned above helps you to think differently; while you put down thoughts on paper you are also working on various aspects of the problem in your head and in doing so you may hit upon some previously unthought-of idea, which then helps to go on or make a fresh part.

I remember telling a high-school kid once that I can’t locate my car key – he had walked into the room and seen me toss things around in desperation. He said to me “Search for something else and you will find the key!”

The answer probably is staring at you but you are unable to see it. Taking your mind off the problem or getting someone to deal with it for a while can provide the breakthrough … an article I read today said it’s about dealing with the problem obliquely; the direct route may not always be the best one!

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  1. Jamy
    May 19, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Good one Jay! Very well put indeed!!

    • JayadevM
      May 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Thank you, Jamy:

      1. For visiting and reading regularly .. every article!!
      2. For adding your comments and appreciative words.
      3. For sharing extremely useful insights and experiences.

      You now have people responding to you on my blog! 🙂

      I appreciate your support!

      • Jamy
        May 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

        Lol.. anytime! Thanks!

  2. vijayenggster
    May 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Again a nice article….we all have these kind of road blocks many times….i don’t know exactly why it is happening may be our brain (PC) is going is out of memory & the system hangs…personally it is happening with me, when lot of things comes together & suddenly everything is blackout…Than I will take a small break…in my case its facebook, playing a game, call my mom or have a glass of cold water and finally back to work & give a fresh start to all the pending issues. The main point is to get relax & engage yourself with alternate activity.
    Our brain is very sensitive & it senses the first thing which is coming in touch with our five sense organs & in this case we are engaging our sense organs to different direction to provide a relief to our brain. One day in my early college days …I asked my cousin who is a Doctor, why we are always having cold beer & why it is not bitter in taste compared to beer at room temp. …I am expecting some hardcore medical science answer… & he explains ….When we are having cold beer, As touch sensation to our tongue, both spiciness and coolness are transmitted to the brain via the trigeminal nerve, rather than the three classical nerves for taste. “The set of nerves that carry the burn and cooling sensation are different than from taste sensation” & the final messages from our most of the sensors.. which is transmitted to our brain is only that beer is cold…!!! I am just trying to give a medical angle to the discussion.

  3. Sajan
    May 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    good one buddy..the block could also be a sign from heaven to be merciful to friends…;)…jokes aside..it was real out of the box.

    • JayadevM
      May 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Point taken, Sajan!

  4. May 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Your articles are very timely, and you are able to come up with one new topic every day.
    I have been reading them and find that they are of practical use .

    • JayadevM
      May 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Dear Shivaram

      Thank you for the visit and appreciation. Regards.

  5. Clifford
    May 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hey nice one JM. With so much of information and data all around us, everyone experiences these moments of cessation and are frozen with ideas. Transcendental meditation is one answer to this. Its a simple, effortless procedure and if practiced for 20 minutes everyday helps overcome a lot of stress and jam. Its supposed to be the most widely practiced, most researched and most effective method of self development. :))

    • JayadevM
      May 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Clifford

      Great to hear from you. After I wrote this article so many ideas have been coming in – I am going to present a list of all the things people do to relax and rejuvenate the mind.

      Yoga and meditation are excellent methods to de-clutter and de-stress the mind. Thank you for the input.

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