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Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 June 2012

 


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Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 144
Posted DateWednesday 27 June 2012 15:12 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/06/study-of-t ... 
CategoriesCreativity

The next time you're stumped on a creative challenge, head to a bustling coffee shop, not the library.

Instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one's comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas.


This works for me. Once or twice a week I head out to a local Starbuck's towards the end of the day and quote deliberately think about the things I am doing and am planning. It's where I get some of my best ideas.




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