Tapping into your Productive Creativity



Think About This……..

If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods.  Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day.

Emails, too, should be done at designated times.  An email that you know is sitting there, unread, may sap attentional resources as your brain keeps thinking about it, distracting your from what your doing.  It’s better to leave your email program off than to hear that constant ping and know that you’re ignoring messages.

Increasing creativity will happen naturally as we tame the multitasking and immerse ourselves in a single task for sustained periods of, say 30 to 50 minutes.  Several studies have shown that a walk in nature or listening to music can trigger the mind wandering mode {a good thing in this instance}.  This acts as a neural reset button, and provides much needed perspective on what you’re doing.

Daydreaming leads to creativity, and creative activities teach us agency, the ability to change the world, to mold it to our liking, to have a positive effect on our environment.  Music, for example, turns out to be an effective method for improving attention, building self-confidence, social skills and a sense of engagement.

This radical idea, that problem solving might take some time and doesn’t always have to be accomplished immediately – could have profound effects on decision making and even on our economy.

Taking breaks is biologically restorative.  Naps are even better.  In several studies, a nap of even 10 minutes improved cognitive function and vigor, and decreased sleepiness and fatigue.  If we can train ourselves to take regular vacations – true vacations, without work – and to set aside time for naps and contemplation, we will be in a more powerful position to start solving some of the world’s big problems.  And to be happier and well rested while we’re doing it.


This is part of an essay in the Sunday NY Times, August 10, 2014, by Daniel J. Levitin, director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertize t McGill University and author of “The Organized Mind:  Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”


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