Taking time to step away from the computer and encouraging people's minds to unfocus and wander with the help of "transformative mindset" prompts can help crystalize insights and prepare for synthesis and action.
Online meetings and work can take a toll both physically and mentally. This exercise diverges from the common exhortation to "focus harder" by encouraging participants to take a refreshing pause and allow their minds to wander. The Germans even have a saying for encouraging an idle mind: ‘die Seele baumeln lassen’, meaning ‘let the soul dangle.’ This process, especially when combined with aesthetic prompts can help participants re-connect to their values and motivations, as well as refreshing the mind and body for a transition from the exploring or ideation phases of a process to crystalizing concepts or strategies and moving towards action.
Alternative: ask participants to go outside for for 2-5 minutes. When they return ask them to share one word about something they experienced through a sense other than sight.
A pre-chosen video, piece of music, or image to screen share (see our selection of videos for inspiration)
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