Distractions develop creativity

By | 2016-10-04T13:13:28+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

The study involved the use of both focused thought on a subject, and distracted thought on a subject.

Each person in the study writes down a list of his ideas. They were then either left alone to think, or distracted. After this, they choose the idea from their list.

It shows of that distracted people chose better ideas than participants without distraction.

This implies that creativity is easier when distracted rather than focused. This might mean that distraction makes the unconscious more active letting ideas form easier.

Finding creative solutions with a distracted mind is sometimes easier than when focused.
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Green Increase Your Creativity.

By | 2016-09-26T15:15:58+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , |

A new study was all about green. If the findings are true then we all need a little greener in our lives.

Participants performed creative tasks after looking at a color. Those who looked at the color green did better than other people. It is not yet known why this happend. And even notebook with a green cover is enough to raise creativity.

The color green seems to enlight the mind and improve mood. THerefore, artists and you might have to trade out their blue rooms for green one’s if they want to keep their creative edge.
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Repeatedly giving students reward for creative performance in the first task

By | 2016-09-21T15:50:40+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

increased their creativity in next tasks. (Study 1 and 2)

Study 3 reported that reward promised for creativity increased college students’ creative task performance.

Second, expected reward for high performance might increase creativity. Everythin by enhancing perceived self-determination and, therefore, internal task interest.

Study 4 found that employees’ internal job interest conveyed a positive relationship between expected reward for high performance and creative suggestions offered at work. ”
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The more time people feel pressure, the less likely they will be to think creatively.

By | 2016-09-11T16:58:26+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Categories: Learning, Productivity|Tags: , |

On the days rated a seven (the highest level of pressure), people were 45% less likely to think creatively than they were on any of the lower-pressure days. (…)

Whatmore, more time pressure on a certain day meant less creative thinking that day, the next day, and the day after that.  In other words, participants seemed to experience a “pressure hangover” that lasted a couple of days at least. (more…)

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The critical difference between success and failure was contained in the habit of taking the initiative.

By | 2016-09-10T06:13:58+00:00 September 10th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success, Productivity|Tags: , |

“The American Management Association reported on a study of managers who had been divided into two groups, those whose careers has flattened out and those whose careers were moving upward and onward at a rapid rate. They interviewed both groups to try to determine the differences that accounted for their relative levels of success and failure.

What they finally concluded was that it was not education, experience, background, networking or intelligence. The critical difference between success and failure was contained in the habit of taking the initiative. Managers and executives who were on the fast track were constantly moving out of their comfort zone and taking the initiative to try new things in new areas.

On the other hand, managers who were being continually passed over for promotion were continually waiting for someone to come along and tell them what to do. Once they had been given clear instructions, they seemed to be quite competent at carrying out their responsibilities. But the idea of initiating in the first place was alien to them.” (more…)

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Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more (19,8%) than those who did not write their goals.

By | 2016-08-25T16:35:01+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success, Productivity|Tags: , |

Perhaps you have heard of the Yale (or Harvard Business School) study of goals in which only 3% of the graduating class had specific written goals for their futures. Twenty years later that 3% was found to be earning an astounding 10 times that of the group that had no clear goals. Well, it turns out that this “study” is merely an “urban myth,” as extensive reviews of the research literature by me and by Steven Kraus (a social psychologist from Harvard) as well as investigative reporting by Fast Company magazine revealed that no such study had ever been done!

However, the widespread mention of this non-existent study in business circles as well as
the need for research into the techniques used by business coaches provided impetus for
my current research, which was focused on how goal achievement is influenced by writing goals, committing to goal-directed actions and being accountable for those actions.

Conclusions:

  1. Those who sent weekly progress reports to their friend accomplished significantly more than those who had unwritten goals, wrote their goals, formulated action commitments or sent those action commitments to a friend.
  2. Those who sent their commitments to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who wrote action commitments or did not write their goals.
  3. Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.

source: Dr. Gail Matthews “Brief summary of recent goals” Dominican University of California

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Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills

By | 2016-08-19T17:25:52+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Categories: Learning, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Researcher found that people who drank alcohol and had a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher were worse at completing problems that required attentional control but better at creative problem solving tests.

The bottom line is that we think being too focused can blind you to novel possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for creative solutions to emerge,

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