According to Fast Company, your mind tends to remember unsolved or interrupted problems better than projects you've already finished—the aforementioned Zeigarnik effect. So when you're stumped by a complex puzzle—a tricky riddle, for instance, or a complicated workflow issue at work—and take a break from trying to reason it out, the idea lingers in your brain (kind of like all those unclosed apps chugging along in the background on your phone). And when you let your mind drift, it gives your brain the chance to connect insights from your actions or surroundings with your unsolved problems in order to come up with a solution.
The reason those puzzle pieces often come together in the shower is because nothing in there requires your full attention.
The reason those puzzle pieces often come together in the shower is because nothing in there requires your full attention. It's quiet, you're relaxed, and you're basically just left with your wandering thoughts. So you may glance at your shampoo bottle, which was recommended by your co-worker Ali, and—aha! You realize that Ali is the perfect person to lead that new project.
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