Today, one of our team members taught me about rubber duck productivity.
This was an experiment where people found that they were more productive when they kept a rubber duck on their desk. When they encountered a problem they were having trouble solving they would talk to the duck and tell the duck the problem.
In the course of explaining the problem to the duck they would usually discover the solution. Thus, being more productive than just trying to solve problems in the reaches of their own mind.
The moral of this story: Talk it through with someone – quit trying to solve it on your own!