How to Find Inspiration by Applying The Bed, Bus and Bath Theory?


Archimedes’s Eureka is not the only exclamation of a great idea generated; people say all kinds of stuff when it comes to thinking of new ideas. It seems that there is a candyfloss machine within our brain that keeps producing clouds of bizarre ideas, and some of them actually turn out to be feasible at times!

Speaking of Archimedes, the story behind the circumstances when he said this legendary word is also known to us all. The feeling of arriving at a solution of a nagging problem is an overwhelmingly satisfying feeling. Almost like suddenly setting afloat abode the seas of opiate braininess where all we feel is the stark prominence of our satisfying wit or intelligence and nothing more. The minor detail about the problem that made you over think and drowned your days in a constant irksome existence has now frizzled away with the inception of the solution. But this feat of the vitur (people with a lot of wit-Icelandic word) is like cocaine-addiction; once you have got the feel of this rush of ideation you crave it more. However, the problem remains of how to make it happen more often. How many times have you felt the sudden jolt of an abrupt illumination?

Guessing not too many, right?! There is nothing unusual about that truth and there is ample reason for that:

As per the “Bed, bus and bath” theory your best ideas and unexpected solutions to the challenging problems appear in your head when you expect it the least. As odd as it may sound, taking a shower or bath, lying on the bed idle or taking a ride aboard a public transport can spark the light of inspiration within you and paint your life’s dull greyness with colours. There are several examples to demonstrate the effectiveness of this theory.

  • The Periodic Table was invented in a dream by Dmitri Mendeleev! Yes, you read that right he saw the solution to organizing all the chemical elements in a dream.
  • On another interesting incident August Kekulé dreamt that a snake bit its own tail to make a ring! And when he woke up he had a groundbreaking revelation in the world of organic chemistry – benzene molecules are made of rings of carbon atoms.
  • Henry Poincare made a discovery about a fundamental mathematical property of functions while boarding a public bus.

Now you may think –that all you have to do to be a genius is take a bath or get some sleep?

Sadly, it is not that simple. You may have noticed that all these instances have a common pattern attached to them. And that is to work very hard with complete dedication every single minute of one’s time on the project or assignment at hand, before having some session of respite and relaxation. As can be seen from the above mentioned examples all these people were completely obsessed with discovering the solution to the problem. Their brains were in a constant state of stress and needed some rest desperately. Sometimes our brain needs sometime to process all the information and arrive at the best possible solution for the problem. While we do completely irrelevant things like sleep, drive, or even simply take a walk our subconscious mind still remains at work working on the problem. Hence, the process of arriving at a sudden illumination is the result of the process of hard work.

All kinds of work of art require curiosity, creativity and inspiration. It is a common misconception to think that some people are naturally good writers whereas some are not. The craft of writing can be learned. When you get another assignment to do, be it an essay or a research paper take a step back and take some time thinking about what you can write about the same.

Do not immediately get to start writing it, take notes from the geniuses we owe our humankind success to and let the idea simmer to find the best way to approach it. Who knows, you may be one of those legendary heroes who dreamed up a solution to the problem that threatened mankind!

As the saying goes – some of the best advises are found while on the pillow…

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