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Take A Walk Every Few Hours

Get up from your desk, leave your cellphone in your office, and take a ten-minute walk every few hours. The effects on creative thought are amazing. Many of history’s most creative thinkers and innovators used daily walks as a way to slow the brain and find new ideas. • Philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard found his daily walks so inspiring he often hurried back to his desk and...
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Track Your Dreams and Write Down Ideas When They Come to You in the Middle of the Night

If you want more innovative ideas, pay attention to your dreams. Many creative ideas have arrived, seemingly out of the blue, while someone slept: • Robert Louis Stevenson was intrigued with the concept of good and evil in personality and wanted to write a story around the idea, but a plot would not come. For two days he racked his brain looking for an idea. On the second night, he had a dream...
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Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep Every Night

Is there anything better than a good night’s rest? People who can get by on four hours of sleep sometimes brag about their strength and endurance. But recent scientific studies show that a lack of sleep causes many significant changes in the body and increases your risk for serious health concerns such as obesity, disease, and even early death. Seven to eight hours for longevity The healthy...
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Quietly Think About It

Sit Quietly and Think - As discussed previously, slowing the brain enhances creativity. To continue this thought, before you start any creative task, sit quietly and think for 10 minutes about what you’re going to do. This seems somewhat counterintuitive. Doing nothing doesn’t seem like it would help you be more creative with a task, but it often is. There’s good evidence that it works....
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Spend 20 Minutes a Day Meditating

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. The art and practice of meditation is older than cognitive neuroscience by many centuries; indeed, it is older than science itself. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that if you spend time in meditation, your brain will function more efficiently and you will be less anxious, more creative, and generally...
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Slow Down

Slow Down and Pay Attention - Answers are All Around You. Slow Down We live in an age of speed, where faster is seen as better. In your grandparents’ day, if they missed the train, they waited three days for the next one to come by. Now we experience acute anxiety of we miss the first section of a revolving door. Faster is not always better, especially when it comes to thinking. Creativity is...
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Inspiration and Motivation

Are inspiration and motivation two manifestations of the same thing? Or are they different things entirely? They are similar in that they both affect how we feel but are very different in how they make us feel. If there were an Inspiration Continuum, motivation would be at one end, and inspiration would be at the other. Inspiration is soul-centered creativity that powers focused activity toward a...
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Creative THINKING Model

Many world-changing discoveries have been born from a single flash of insight. There are countless examples of people who were stuck, sometimes for years, with problems they couldn’t solve or questions they couldn’t answer and then unexpectedly, the answers arrived like a flash of light. Einstein’s theories on light, time, and gravity came to him in an instant. Geneticist Barbara...
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