When you think of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, you probably don't envision them up to their elbows in suds at the kitchen sink (no judgment if you do). Nevertheless, Bezos and Gates both say that handling the dinnerware is part of their daily routine. If you're not proactively grabbing the dish soap on a regular basis the way they are, here's why you should consider it.

More (and better) ideas could flow as you rinse.

Research shows that washing dishes can relieve your stress, as you have a chance to focus on simple things like the warmth of the water. Stress can unsurprisingly make it hard to focus, so getting rid of worry and anxiety facilitates good problem-solving. Other research suggests that any "mindless" or boring task might help you be more creative.


Because as you do the "boring" tasks, you give the brain a chance to wander. You're not actively trying to determine what is or is not feasible. You're not judging. You're just free to associate however your mind sees fit, so you might come up with out-of-the-box solutions you otherwise never would have entertained. 

It keeps you humble.

You're doing a job that just about everybody else does, too, so it's easier to keep perspective and put a check on your ego. This is obviously critical because people are drawn to others who make them feel equal and capable rather than inferior and unintelligent.

You remember that helping even in small ways is still helping.

Most business professionals actively are trying to solve really big needs or problems. Even though you may have a highly 'agile' mindset, it can take months or even years to see real results in some cases, which can take a toll. Small acts of service, such as washing the dishes, remind you that you can help right here, right now. That small reminder of connection and purpose can be a great mood booster.

So don't let the soap burst your bubble. It's actually one of the simplest ways to reset and do more.