Your Creative Sweet Spot – Lifehacker
“It wasn’t until 1950 when an American Psychological Association Presidential Address by psychologist JP Guilfordsuggested that creativity was worth researching. Which is to say, in broad terms, the research is still young. Subsequently, we have a few different theories on when we’re most creative. Here’s a look at some of our most creative times.
- You’re likely most creative when you’re groggy: It’s thought that problem-solving comes most naturally when you’re unfocused and you allow your brain to wander. In a study published in 2011 in the journal Thinking and Reasoning, researchers found that people were more likely to come up with creative solutions to problems when they were tired. For some, this meant in the morning, for others it was the afternoon or evening. Obviously it depends on your body.
- Being drunk helps creativity: Similar to the idea above, a study last year by researchers at the University of Illinois found that you are more creative when you’re drunk. The idea is the same as the example above because it reinforces the idea that when you allow your brain to meander it can solve problems more creatively.
- Exercise can make you more creative: Research has shown that exercise can cause a creative burst. The idea here is that when you get your body going and push it you’re unfocused and can latch onto more creative ideas.
- We may even be more creative when we’re asleep: A 2004 study published in the journal Nature suggests we’re more likely to come up with creative solutions to big problems when we sleep on them and look at the information again first thing in the morning.
- Creativity is linked to scheduling: A study published in 2010 in the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity links time management and creativity together as being mutually beneficial to each other. Basically, if you’re good at managing your time and creating to-do lists, there’s a positive correlation to your creative time. The implication is that you can schedule for and decide to be creative, which is exactly what we’ll be looking how to do.”