Don’t panic -- this blog is totally G-rated and doesn’t involve any “private” behavior in the shower. But I just feel that it is time for a little confession. I get the very best ideas … in the shower. When I needed to come up with the best theme for Austin’s 3rd birthday party, I took a shower and created a fun-packed cowboy party with “Pin the Sheriff Badge on the Sheriff” and panning for gold using a kiddie pool with sand, water, and a few pieces of treasure. When I needed a creative activity to teach research skills, I took a shower and developed “Re-think! Re-act!” where students would research a current topic that the public should critically analyze like wearing head protection for soccer or the dangers of energy drinks (actual student topics for the project). When I needed an interactive activity to share how difficult it is to create tone in emails and text messages, I took a shower and remembered that State Farm commercial where the phrase “What a day!” had completely different meanings based on the circumstances. And amazingly, I’m always able to come up with that needed idea in the shower (although at times it takes more than one shower). While I see nothing unusual about this creative environment, some might find this process a bit crazy. My students always laughed when I began a new learning activity with, “When I was in the shower last week, I came up with this great idea!” For a computer class project, one of my students even created a fun notepad with “Mrs. Hardegree Thinking Pad” at the top and a cartoon character in the shower. He told me to keep the pad in the bathroom so I can write down my ideas as soon as I finished in the shower. But recently I discovered that science backs up my claim. In the article, “Why Do You Get Your Most Creative Ideas in The Shower?” Yoram Solomon shares research that shows that creativity can best occur when your brain is resting, like in the shower. When my friend Nancy texted me that article, I was overwhelmed with validation! I knew that taking a shower always helped me to creatively think, but I thought it was just me. Now I can I share my method with others to try. So the next time you need a creative idea, try taking a shower … or find some other activity that allows your brain to relax and rest a bit. Maybe sit in the backyard and listen to the birds. Maybe take a walk in the evening after work. etc Strategies believes that finding a way to allow you to be more creative (like taking a shower) can help you find new ideas. And these ideas can lead to greater productivity, less stress, and a better connection with others. But get a good body scrubber - you can totally take care of your skin while you are coming up with brilliant ideas!