Get a Boost of Creativity By Doing Something Mindless, Like Cleaning

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Get a Boost of Creativity By Doing Something Mindless, Like Cleaning

Need to get over a creative block or trigger more “eureka!” moments? Try stepping away to do something as mindless as cleaning.

Citing work from researchers at University of California, Davis, Brit + Co explains that doing chores you don’t have to think about gives your brain freedom to think creatively:

It all comes down to brain structure and a lot of neurological processes. Essentially, when you’re vacuuming or wiping down counters, the part of your brain responsible for muscle memory is ignoring the part of your brain responsible for creative thinking, allowing it to do its own thing (like pondering that next big creative breakthrough!). When our hands are distracting our brain, this “autopilot” function actually boosts levels of thinking and creative reasoning. But don’t worry — you don’t have to spend your whole day in the shower or scrubbing floors. Menial tasks like walking the dog, coloring or watering your garden all let your brain focus on other matters while you enjoy “mindless” physical tasks.

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Cleaning is also a great way to procrastinate, though, so be careful not to take your cleaning sessions too far.

Got Creative Block? Science Suggests Cleaning Something | Brit + Co

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10 Mindless Games You Can Play While Zoning Out

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With mobile gaming, you’ll never need to stare into space again.

You can go from waiting rooms and train platforms to zipping through asteroid fields or racing against the clock to claim Candy Crush Saga superiority over your friends. The best games for totally zoning out are those with simple objectives and repetitive actions — but even within those limits, you’ll find worlds of variety

Here are 10 games to help you escape real life, whether you’re looking for stress relief or just a momentary distraction.

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