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Monday, February 20, 2012

Relaxation and Creative Problem Solving

A recent post by Sam McNerney on TheCreativityPost reminds us that we often come up with our best ideas when we have stepped away from a project, when we are relaxing. McNerney profiles a number of recent articles that support the idea that intense focus and creative output do not always go hand in hand. The value of time off task is particularly important to me when writing. I find that my most powerful thoughts come to me when I am walking, cooking, or driving—activities that require little cognitive effort. And since I'm writing this post at the end of a three-day weekend, I can attest to the value of downtime.

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