To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

 

« Imagine that on a Friday afternoon, before leaving work to start your weekend, you are asked to solve two problems that require creative thinking. Do you:

  • Spend the first half of your time attempting the first problem and the second half of your time attempting the second
  • Alternate between the two problems at a regular, predetermined interval (e.g., switching every five minutes)
  • Switch between the problems at your own discretion »

In this situation, what would you do?
Which answer is better in order to have most novel ideas? What are the benefits of switching tasks ? Why brief breaks during idea generation can increase the variety of ideas generated?

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