Need a new idea? Study says go take a shower

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Stuck in a creativity rut? Need a new idea? Science says you should jump in the shower.

A 2014 study indicates that 72 percent of people surveyed worldwide say they've had new insights in the shower. It appears solitary activities allow our mind to wander in new directions (i.e. taking a walk, daydreaming, etc.) . Something about the total isolation of our time in the shower makes it a good incubator for ideas.

Can't shower? Go exploring.

If you can't take a hot shower, studies show trying something new could do the trick.

There's neuroscientific basis for the connection between a willingness to try new experiences and creative thinking. Exploration is tied to the neurotransmitter dopamine, which drives motivation and learning. Additionally, scientific research suggests a personal drive to explore could be a major factor in creative achievement.

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Lastly, focus on changing it up.

Routine puts our brains on autopilot. To get out of your creative rut, break from daily tradition. Here are a few that have worked for me:

  • Take a new way to work.
  • Eat something different for lunch and in a different location.
  • Go for a walk in the middle of the day.
  • Strike up a conversation with a stranger.
  • Listen to a new type of music.
  • Watch a few how-to videos on Youtube.
  • Browse through Pinterest.
  • Read articles on creativity.

By disrupting your routine with something new and unexpected, you'll give your brain a little jolt - and hopefully, spark the birth of a new idea or two.

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