My last post focused on Thinking Outside of the Box. Fred, a frequent and insightful commenter on my blog made mention of how Sherlock Homes often performed unrelated tasks to further his thinking.
We can take a good clue from Sherlock Holmes, Sir Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, in the novel Sign of the Four. When confronting a seeming insurmountable and perplexing conundrum of this case, Mr Holmes attacked the problem by doing something totally unrelated, namely performing chemistry experiments into the wee hours of the morning. It was only then that he was able to “think outside the box”, and the solution to his vexing problem appeared to him. Sometimes we need to use a skillful will rather than a strong will to think creatively.
Many thanks to Fred for bringing this concept to our attention.