When you take breaks, you come back to your work with a fresh perspective, and if you’re stuck, that perspective can often help you figure out a solution. The Genius Deck helps with this by asking random questions to help you switch gears.
The site is pretty simple. You just hit the “Flip Card” button and you’re presented with a virtual card that presents a random question or phrase like, “Start with a small bet.” The idea is to help get your mind on a different path. The site puts it this way:
The Genius Deck is a tool for invoking the creative genius inside you. Each card offers a question or prompt designed to provoke new directions of thought and can be used individually or reviewed as a pack.
The site is a project by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a designer who studied neuroscience at Columbia University and conducted Alzheimer’s Disease research at Columbia Medical Center. It’s based on the Oblique Strategies cards, a deck of cards created in the ’70s by musician Brian Eno. The deck was designed to encourage lateral thinking to help artists beat creative blocks. When you think about the questions and ideas presented, you switch gears, which makes it easier to break out of a rut. Check out the site at the link below.