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Be More Creative

41 Simple Ways To Make Yourself More Creative

re's what the scientific research says: Travel. Or just expose yourself to other cultures. Or stay where you are and learn their language. Don't surround yourself with the color red, stick to blue. Get rejected. Buy a potted plant. Give the problem to someone else. Or pretend you're solving problems for someone else. Or pretend you're a child. Think about love, not sex. Take a break. And stop being so hard on yourself. Smile. Or frown while happy. But either way, be happy. Or a…


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Would your team be more more creative if members were less experienced?

aming experienced people with the less experienced can result in better performance than either could do on their own. Those who are new to a subject stimulate creative thinking in those who are more accomplished. Via Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To: Experienced people benefit from hearing the thoughts of those who are less skilled in areas other than the business world. Pairing two university students of lower and higher…


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Does studying your area of expertise too much limit creativity?

tal opposite is true. Via Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else: If we’re looking for evidence that too much knowledge of the domain or familiarity with its problems might be a hindrance in creative achievement, we have not found it in the research. Instead, all evidence seems to point in the opposite direction. The most eminent creators are consistently those who have immersed themselves utterly in their chosen field, have devoted their lives to it,…


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Does a wandering mind make you more creative – and more unhappy?

ople whose minds wander a lot might be more creative and better problem solvers. Via 100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know About People: Mind-wandering allows one part of the brain to focus on the task at hand, and another part of the brain to keep a higher goal in mind. Christoff (2009) at the University of California, Santa Barbara has evidence that people whose minds wander a lot are more creative and better problem solvers. Their brains have them…


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How much education did the greatest creative geniuses of all time need?

out college-dropout level. Via Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else: Dean Keith Simonton, a professor at the University of California at Davis, conducted a large-scale study of more than three hundred creative high achievers born between 1450 and 1850—Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Beethoven, Rembrandt, for example. He determined the amount of formal education each had received and measured each one’s level of eminence by the spaces devoted to them in an array of reference works.…


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Are you more creative when there’s a deadline approaching?

rvard's Teresa Amabile says no. (Hat tip: Jennifer Aaker) We found that on days of the most extreme time pressure, the professionals in our study were 45 percent less likely to come up with a new idea or solve a complex problem. Even worse, there's a kind of "pressure hangover," with lower creativity persisting for two days or more. And: So if you have to tackle a complex problem in a pressure-cooker situation -- hide somewhere with minimal distractions, like…


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This Is The Best Place To Get Creative Work Done

ristopher Shea at the WSJ covers new research: Just how hard do telecommuters work? It depends on the assignment: Employees get more boring work done in the office and more creative work at home. Researchers assigned two tasks to 125 participants. The first was rote and repetitive; the other involved coming up with as many unusual uses for ordinary objects as possible, a test often used by psychologists to measure creativity. About half the participants did the tasks in a…


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5 ways that distance makes you more creative:

ychological distance can be a powerful tool for creative work. It can come in many forms: Exhaustion makes us more creative. Jazz musicians literally turn off part of their brain to disinhibit themselves and improvise. Pretending you're solving a problem for someone else can give enough distance to add insight. Time away from a challenge helps problem solving. Daydreaming results in better lies. Being drunk makes us more original. Join over 195,000 readers. Get a free weekly update via email here. Related…


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