February 16, 2024
[starbox]Do you lose sleep over your work? I have blogged previously about being troubled over employee evaluations but have to admit the real “sleep thief” for me is unresolved design problems. Over the years I have come to appreciate that you can only beat your head against a problem for so long before the design starts to get worse instead of better. There is scientific evidence to support my own experience of waking up after a night of tossing and turning with a new approach to things that quickly evolves into the “right” answer. They even have a term for it — “The Eureka Moment.” It doesn’t work for everyone, but here are some factors that seem to help me:
- The answers are usually “in the mix” of ideas previously considered and discarded.
- The answer may be something related to a previous project you had done or a machine you had seen along the way.
- The answer is frequently a combination of “ingredients” from past projects.