If you're suffering from the dreaded Brainlock Syndrome, in which all attempts to think are met with failure, you need to get out of your chair and take a walk. But how to take a walk that will get those creative ideas bouncing? Urban design expert Geoff Manaugh, editor of BLDG BLOG, thinks a lot about how cityscapes inspire people. He offers Lifehacker three tips for taking a mind-expanding stroll:
1. Don't weigh yourself down. Leave the briefcase and the backpack at home. If you need to write something down, bring one piece of paper and a pen. If you fill that piece of paper, then you've had a productive walk.
2. Take a strange route around a familiar area. Focus on the idea that you'll never see these buildings and spaces in the same order again.
3. The best walks involve pauses. Don't be afraid to linger—on a park bench, in a bookstore, at a friend's house, even inside Urban Outfitters.
The main idea, he emphasises, is to take your time and look at your world from a new angle. If you can't spare a lot of time, a good walk can "be five minutes long," Manaugh says. Just remember to take that piece of paper with you so you can jot down stray thoughts. Photo by dAVIDb1.