While we're all for working hard and coming out on top, this nose-to-the-grindstone approach isn't a one-size-fits-all, especially when it comes to creative inspiration. It might even be helpful to take a little break, walk around, and contemplate your ideas in a new light.
In Your Creative Brain, Harvard University researcher and psychologist Shelley H. Carson makes the point that sometimes a little distraction is exactly what the doctor ordered. So often we focus on the steps we think are necessary to solve a problem, neglecting the fact that some of the most inspired ideas come from out-of-the-box thinking. If we want to be both creative and focused, then we've got to give our creativity room to grow and breathe.
There's plenty of examples of super-inspirational folks who don't chain themselves to a desk. Woody Allen famously takes up to one-hour-long hot showers to help draw out his unusual ideas (hope he moisturizes after!). (The Huffington Post)