I am often asked, "Where do you get your ideas for your newsletters?" Well, it's complicated. Yes, they are based on real life situations, but that doesn't mean that I remember to write them down when they happen, nor do I realize that it is "newsletter-worthy" at the time.
When do the ideas come to me? Generally, when I'm walking my dog in the morning or taking a shower. It would seem as though a clear head is the best time for inspiration. I don't actually know when those ideas will come to me, so I've gotten in the habit of taking my cell phone with me (or keeping it close by) and then when the idea strikes me, I write it down in my reminders section of my phone. As the idea ferments, I'll add to my notes at that time. Obviously, when I'm in the shower, they wait until I'm out, as that would not be good for my phone's warranty.
Studies have shown that when we free our mind, we have some of the best ideas and are more productive at work:
So, when you see an employee who is always working and never takes a break, consider encouraging him/her to step away from his/her desk to take a walk around the building. He or she just may come back with a great idea.