Walk away, return with an answer.
This strategy has worked for me multiple times in the past weeks. I’m stuck on a development or design problem, mulling it over and over in my head for an hour struggling with the work. I get up, or leave that piece for a day and come back to it. The answer pops in rather quickly once I come back to the problem. I’m just amazed by the way our brains work while we’re doing other conscious tasks. The answers that come in, if I wait, are usually very simple and more elegant than a forced all-nighter. I’m guessing that may seem obvious to some, and it definitely does to me most of the time, but I’m tired of being surprised by it. I want to use it in a consistent, thoughtful, and strategic way for any of my problem-solving.all of my problem-solving tasks.