There never seems to be any shortage of ideas, just a limit on available time with which to work with them on each day. With open brain thinking, you really have no limit on where or what you think about, so when you hit on an idea that really might be good, there is that time of excitement, wonderment, and thought of “maybe this can actually be something?”
This is what happened yesterday. The idea itself is not new, but rather, a door opened where one could see the new application or use for it that is far better than the one that was being pursued.
In the past I would just keep pushing into an idea and keep working to see if it was good by working till my brain could no longer work, but I found that a better way to work was to simply let it sit on the table for three days before I pick it up again.
While it might sound odd, as usually I will lament if I forget writing something down as an idea. I have learned that once an idea is down on paper, it is in the safe domain of something that won’t be lost. I have also learned that if you give the idea three days and go back to it, it will usually seem to say, “yeah, neat idea, but it really doesn’t have enough leg to stand on, but perhaps the idea will lead you to something else some other day.
Then there are the less frequent times when you go back and look at the idea and application after three days and a light seems to go off. “This is good, pursue it.”
Hopefully this is what transpired the other day. Today I go off to German class and wait another day to see “is the idea really good? Or did it just seem really good 3 days ago?”
That is the wisdom of the 3-day wait.