I have to tell you, I felt a (virtual) spring in my step when I read this title from Belle Beth Cooper at Buffer, a blog platform that is rapidly becoming one of my favorites! Of course, nothing is ever really quite this simple… but these tips emphasize helpfully the connections between physiological condition, environment and the capacity for creativity in our professional work.
We often speak about being creative as something important to professional academic lives, from course design and pedagogy to scholarship to an number of administrative problem-solving scenarios. But we often don’t examine and reflect on what makes creativity more possible. So check this out!
In addition, you should really check out Buffer: not only does this service regularly provide great info on productivity and life hacking, but you can sign up for an e-mail update to get good stuff pushed right to your inbox. And it’s not so much a blog as a social media publishing service: you can sign up and use it to publish to multiple social media at once… if that’s your outlet for creativity. 🙂
Sleep Your Way to Creativity And 9 More Surefire Methods For More Ideas
Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Written by Belle Beth Cooper
We’ve written about creativity a few times on the Buffer blog, but it’s hard to keep track of everything we learn about it. One day I’m adjusting the temperature in my workspace, and the next I’m trying to put off creative work until I’m tired.
If you’re in the same boat, and you find it’s difficult to remember what will improve your creativity and when you should do your most creative work, hopefully this list will help you get it all straight.
1. Your brain does better creative work when you’re tired
Unlike solving an analytic problem, creative insights come from letting our minds wander along tangents and into seemingly unrelated areas. Though many of us identify as morning larks or night owls, peaking in our problem-solving skills and focus at particular times of the day, creative thinking actually works better at non-optimal times. So, if you’re a morning lark, your brain will be better at finding creative insights at night, when you’re tired.
The reason behind this is that a tired brain struggles to filter out distractions and focus on one thing. It’s also more likely to wander off on tangents. While that seems like a bad thing when you’re working, creative thinking actually benefits from distractions and random thoughts. Research has shown that we’re better at “thinking outside the box” at our non-optimal times.
[Read more of this good stuff at Sleep Your Way to Creativity And 9 More Proven Methods For More Ideas]