Improving Creativity; Exercise or Video Games?

Are you looking to be a little more creative? Maybe all you need is a little aerobic exercise. Dr. David M. Blanchette from Rhode Island College recently published a study that suggests not only does moderate aerobic exercise have a positive effect on creative potential but that it lasts even up to two hours after the exercise.

Here is another way to improve your creativity, play video games. According to an online article in the Wall Street Journal there has been a lot of university research done on video games and they are reporting that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. What’s more the studies are saying people who played action-based video and computer games make decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy. Normally people can pay attention to four things at once without getting confused – practiced game players can handle six. University of Wisconsin psychologist C. Shawn Green states video games change your brain but he goes on to say so does learning to read, playing the piano, or navigating the streets of London, which have all been shown to change the brain’s physical structure. There are downsides of course but I encourage you to read the whole article after all who wouldn’t want to be able to make decisions faster and still be right. Mmmm I wonder if there is a video game on how to be more productive?

I recently came across some productivity tips from Laura Stack. Laura is an author and personal productivity expert. Her entire website is filled with great tips and information but the gem that I came away with was ‘Know exactly why you work hard and what you’re trying to achieve’.  Laura goes on to say ‘You can’t be very productive if you don’t know what you’re working for’. For me that puts it all into perspective. Sometimes you just need to run things through a filter first. Here is another tip from Laura if you are taking on too much. Ask yourself, what would happen if I didn’t do this? If the answer is ‘nothing’ then that should tell you something.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.

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About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on March 7, 2012, in Business Productivity, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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