Walking is a wonderful way to sort out ideas. I have solved many more problems while walking than I have sitting at my desk. In fact, most of the tricky bits in my PhD were nutted out that way. The walking phase is now embedded into my intellectual process and, although I may appear to be mad, I find talking out loud while I walk is the most effective way. Today’s walk attracted a few bewildered looks from strangers in the street, as I talked and gesticulated, but was fabulously productive in figuring out this weekend’s research idea.
I’ve spent the last two days at the Creative State Summit at the Melbourne Museum. My brain is totally full and there’s a insane party of new ideas buzzing around at high speed in there. The speakers were by and large thought-provoking and engaging, but I’m more inspired by the people I met and the conversations I had. I will be processing and pondering, ruminating and reconstructing over the next little while, and I’m sure that will turn into new projects soon enough. On the one hand this all means more work, but it’s good work, meaningful work, exciting work, and that will make me happy for much longer than just today.
It was quite inspiring to spend a few days in the museum space, surrounded by dinosaurs and boats, fossils, trees and possum-skin cloaks.