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Dave Aranda: 'Your best ideas come when you're not grinding'

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has a small white board in his bedroom just in case he comes up with a tweak to his defensive scheme in a dream. According to Aranda, some of the best ideas come when you're not racking your brain for the answers.

"You've got to get out of it to get back in it. That's how a lot of ideas come, whether it's a workout in the middle of the day; or you're walking across the street to grab something to eat."

"When you're just grinding, it doesn't happened as easily." Aranda told Wisconsin's Varsity Magazine.

Aranda's logic makes a ton of sense. A lot of times stepping away from the office can allow your mind to let your creative juices flow a little more freely.

There are some great stories out there at every coaching convention of coaches on the road, visiting a local diner or hole in the wall restaurant and coming up with a great idea that they manage to jot down on a napkin. Those are the types of moments when when your best ideas can hit you like a ton of bricks.

With this in mind, as a head coach, it would be advantageous for you to allow your staff some time to step out of the office to grab a workout, or bite to eat during the day. As assistants, it's important to always be prepared with something to write with, and something to write on, because the best ideas can come at any moment.

A white board in the bedroom may force you to make a case to your wife, and something tells me "it won't fit the decor" she picked out, so at the very least, make sure you always carry around a pen to write those ideas down on the nearest napkin or piece of paper.

(H/T to CoachesBTN for pointing out the article)