As noted in the last post, I am working through the Ideate stage of my problem of practice. Step three required me to incubate, which essentially means I took a break from thinking about the process and did something else to allow my brain to work through things in the background. The requirements for the incubation stage was that I do something that would keep my mind off the problem and give me something quiet to do. I took that opportunity to take my 60lb Great Pyrenees puppy outside to play. Unfortunately, she was scared by a bird (she didn’t even see it; she just heard it) and wanted to go inside, so I raked up some leaves and filled in some holes in the yard.
Once my 35 minutes (went a bit over the 30) were up, I revisited the document from step two. I copied it and answered the questions as well as wrote out a synthesis of my thoughts on the problem of practice at the bottom. You can see it here:
This was an interesting experience. I typically just start something and try to finish it before I move on to something else. This experience did give me a chance to think about things in a more structured manner. I tend to be thinking about these things in the back of my mind over time as I am preparing to actually do the assignment. However, I rarely stop in the middle to give my brain a chance to reset. I think that it is a valuable thing to do. While I did not have any epiphanies, it did assist me in looking at and relooking at ideas to make sure they are tenable. I will definitely do something similar in the future.