Aug 20, 2014

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4 Business Articles That’ll Unlock Your Mind

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Unblocking Your Mind, Unlocking Your Thoughts

Even the most seasoned entrepreneurs and business professionals experience mental blocks. Mental blocks are common and can be caused by any of several factors, including stress, exhaustion, or even lack of stimulation. Whatever the cause, the effects can at times feel debilitating and may even wreak havoc on your productivity.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a business professional or a student, it’s essential that you know how to unblock your mind to get your thoughts flowing again. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll do better too! Here are a few articles from around the web that’ll help you unblock and unlock your mind, no matter who you are or what you do.

Try a few of the tips shared below and update us on your progress in the comment section below!

7 Ways to Generate Great Ideas via Inc.com

What makes the difference between a good idea and a great idea? Good ideas come along all the time and help people solve minor problems in work and daily life. Great ideas appear a little less frequently and require a little more work to execute. Great ideas aren’t necessarily the result of highly-paid think tanks or drug-induced vision quests in the desert. Often they are unexpected moments of inspiration that help keep the napkin companies in business.

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The 18-Minute Ritual That Will Boost Your Productivity via YoungEntrepreneur.com 

Ever start your day with the best intentions to get things done only to reach mid-afternoon wondering what happened to your productivity? Solving small and persistent issues as they come up and dealing with emails and phone calls as they come in can easily derail you, says Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (Hatchette Book Group; 2012).

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Ideo’s 3 Steps to a More Open, Innovative Mind via FastCompany.com

“Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared to innovate, I think, has to have a few things in place,” Ideo CEO Tim Brown tells the Yale School of Management. ”Perhaps the most important thing is methods for having an open mind.”

Ideo, as you may know, is one of the world’s leading creative consultancies: our profile of their founder David Kelley shows how they build their design thinkingmethodology: the careful defining of problems and sussing out their solutions in a way that would make Einstein proud. And fittingly enough, Brown says innovation requires a certain passionate curiosity.

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Walking Meetings: Can You Solve Hard Problems While Walking? via LinkedIn.com

Walking meetings are all the rage.

Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison, best friends for years, went on walks together around Palo Alto. Jeff Weiner wrote that he’s converting many 1:1 meetings to walking meetings. Brad Feld says his best meetings are walking meetings. Mark Zuckerberg supposedly walks with key candidates he’s recruiting to Facebook.

Walking meetings are awesome for obvious reasons. Exposure to sun and fresh air lifts your mood. Walking counts as exercise, which is important for health and cognitive function. A physical atmosphere that’s different from the normal white walls of an office — trees, sun, a beautiful landscape — can spark creative trains of thoughts.

My favorite reason for walking meetings? They enable a different kind of social bonding. People open up more outside the office. You can cover personal topics more easily.

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and Jezebel.com.

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