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TRANSCRIPT: The Gift and Power of Unstructured Time – Allison Holzer

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Allison Holzer – Author

How many of you have come up with a great idea in the shower? Yeah, this is a thing, 72% of people say this happens to them, according to one study, but why is that?

Well, as it turns out, the shower taps into just the right combination of things that can unlock more open and creative thinking. And when we sometimes can have these eureka moments.

Unstructured Time

Now, this is a uniquely human experience, and it even goes back into history. You might recall the story of an ancient Greek inventor by the name of Archimedes, who supposedly ran through the streets shouting, Eureka! Which means, I found it! After he uncovered a new scientific principle while relaxing in the bathtub.

Or a more modern example is Lin-Manuel Miranda. He had been working non-stop for years, finally goes on a vacation, he’s reading a book, relaxing to the beauty and the sounds of the water, when he unexpectedly comes up with the idea for his Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton.

In fact, he told Arianna Huffington in an interview, The moment my brain got a moment’s rest, Hamilton walked right into it.’

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