Filling My Creative Tank




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Yesterday I attended a creative writing workshop, and one of my major ah-ha moments wasn’t even about writing. I learned so much about the importance of tuning into nature…and tuning out technology.

I’m lucky to have a career that leverages my creativity on a daily basis. On the flip side, I have to produce creative work in a sterile, corporate environment. Talk about a major creative buzz-kill! So, I am always seeking ways to keep my creative tank full.

I learned that being in nature makes it easier for the mind to be in an introspective, thoughtful, imaginative state (and remember, thoughts become things!). This activates the parts of our brain that are needed for problem solving and creative reasoning. But, because our phones and laptops constantly demand our attention, those text messages or emails actually interrupt this process. If we want our time outdoors to actually be effective, we have to leave the technology behind…and that is so hard for me to do.

(I mean…what if I miss a photo opp like this one? God forbid!)

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If you’re like me, all of this sounds great…but you want proof. This study proves that time spent outdoors, away from our phones and laptops, actually boosts creative thinking and problem solving:

Are you convinced? I am!

Here are a 5 simple ways I plan to tune into nature and tune out technology this week (weather permitting!):

  1. Drink my coffee on my patio
  2. Take a mid-day walk outside
  3. Eat my lunch outside
  4. Walk my dog Immi after work
  5. Go to the park

To my fellow creatives….how do you fill your creative tank?

I’d love to hear from you!

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Citation: Atchley RA, Strayer DL, Atchley P (2012) Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51474. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051474

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