Research tells us that the color BLUE encourages our creative thinking abilities. The study was done with over 600 people performing tasks that required either detail-focused or creative thinking. The computer screen backgrounds were either red, white, or blue. Those using the blue backgrounds were twice as creative in brainstorming tasks as those on the… Read More
Thinking About Thinking
Where and when do you get your best ideas? In the shower While you’re jogging without headphones Lying on the beach Hiking in the forest Waking up at 4 a.m. Folding laundry Chopping firewood Your list… What do all these things have in common? The absence of a task that requires focus and attention to… Read More
creativity and organization: friends or foes
Structure gives free reign to your imaginative talents. Writer’s block–is your to-do list the #1 invader that sabotages your inventiveness? Do you get so lost in invention that you miss deadlines, appointments, and dates with your significant other? I’d love to spend all my time mixing words creatively into stories, poems, and delicious art that people will devour. Unfortunately, that’s not… Read More
I forgot how satisfying an afternoon of crafting can be until I got the invitation to a baby shower. It included this assignment: Bring a letter of the alphabet for a wall decoration for the baby’s room. It can be made out of anything! Be creative. I was assigned the letter T. So I sat… Read More
Sluggish from sitting?
Writers, how many hours a day do you sit in front of a computer? Me, too. That’s why a book review of The First 20 Minutes on NPR’s Fresh Air caught my attention. New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds shared some simple ways to combat the sedentary lifestyle—many of which I already practice.… Read More