New_TrendsIt happens to everyone, coming at the end of your rope, grappling for answers for whatever it is you are working on. You have hit a bump in the road. However, you truly believe that you’ve sparked an idea that is worth pursuing. Don’t give up; it is just a minor setback. Even machines need rest.

Your idea is good, but you know there is more to it. Here are some things you can do to breathe life into your project and take it to the next level.

  1. Pause. Yes, do just that-stop for a while. Your brain needs to recoup its lost energy. Take a nap or just relax with a soothing music. Both your body and your brain need time to unwind and get ready to do more tasks. When you think your project is going nowhere, it is your brain and your body telling you to rest.

There are a myriad ways to crank you up. Try meditation. Clear the mind of cobwebs. Focus on nothing. Close your eyes and concentrate on breathing in and breathing out.

According to scientific paper published in the Psychological Science journal, intensive meditation leads to better brain performance.

  1. What did I do wrong? Or what am I not doing right? These are the questions that you need to answer as soon as you resume working on your project. Having had a good rest, you are ready to look at what you think needs to be changed or what your project needs to improve on.
  1. On the shoulders of giants. A British two pound coin bears this inscription: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” Isaac Newton made this famous when he claimed that he had gone further by standing on the shoulders of giants. As for your research, visit the library and look for similar projects. Pick at least five, compare them and take note of their accomplishments. Notice what it is that they have in common. Find out what they have missed in their projects. Chances are, these research papers will offer you an opportunity to do something better.
  1. Pen is mightier than the sword. Yes, literally, your pen can do a lot of work. Always have a pen and a notebook ready whenever and wherever. You might be on to something while you are in the grocery, or while riding a train, or while doing laps on the treadmill at the gym. You will never know when that “eureka” moment will strike. Just be ready. Keep jotting down notes.
  1. Consult with professionals. It is always good to have feedback especially from people in the industry or people whose profession matters to your project. Send them an e-mail, deliver the plan via a project viewer or simply call them. Request if you could arrange an interview with them to ask their assistance for your research.
  1. What’s the purpose? Research is always meaningful once we have zeroed in on what we truly want to accomplish with the project. If the purpose is clear, then it is easy to proceed.

Yes, the mind can do so much yet it needs time to rest. Once you have rested, you are ready to take on the next task.