Writers who work in cafes might be onto something, finds new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Compared to the low-level din of a library, a moderate amount of ambient noise -- the equivalent of a bustling coffee shop -- prompts the mind to work at a more conceptual level, stimulating out-of-the-box thinking.
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"Being too logical can crowd out clever thoughts," says Rex Jung, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. The key to overcoming analysis paralysis is to quiet the frontal lobes (the problem-solving portion) of the brain. Some simple ways to do this include:
* Taking a break from your desk
* Working on the floor with your laptop
* Doodling while you're on the phone
Finally, I'm not saying we should all sip whiskey at our desks, but maybe we should all sip whiskey at our desks:
In a recent University of Illinois at Chicago study, people who sipped enough of a cocktail to reach an average blood alcohol level of .075 (just below legally intoxicated) solved more problems in less time than non-imbibers did. Being a little tipsy makes you less afraid to make mistakes, which translates to increased originality.
|Just a few sips now, boys. You don't want to get too creative.|