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It really isn't about whether or not we have the most recent version of a desktop design program, nor is about whether desks and chairs are situated with people facing each other. It's about designing to the creative process, rather than what we're able to extract from that process.
This sense of play -- and the possibilities it raises -- extends to human relationships, as well, says Schrage. Architects have long tried to design offices that enhance creative potential and opportunities for intermingling.
Witnessing my daughter's miraculous birth and then the death of my wife soon after forced me to contemplate my own mortality. I asked myself, if I died tomorrow, what would I regret? Only one answer surfaced.
Most work environments are not designed to empower creative thought. Think about that paradox. Organizations turn to employees for new ideas or products, but most employees feel their work environment stifles creativity.
The feeling that we have endless time to complete our work has an insidious and debilitating effect on our minds. Our attention and thoughts become diffused. Our lack of intensity makes it hard for the brain to jolt into a higher gear.
"Two hours north of Manhattan" was my standard response. "Upstate New York" was my backup, closely followed by "The Hudson Valley", "65 miles south of Albany", and the always dependable "Foothills of the Catskill Mountains".
Creativity is also about breaking constraints. Even if your idea doesn't cross the borders of the possible, it's at least crossing the borders of the typical. And so you might wonder whether a mental visit to a magical place would free your mind to think more creatively.
It was also in the second week when it became obvious that one of the biggest benefits of the 21 Day Facebook Detox was that I was now tapping back into real life, not the illusion of life often projected by social media.
Send appreciation to the wonderful things in your life that have shown up and you get to love and nurture. When I do this I notice solutions to situations naturally arise as well as new creative ideas and insights.
After all, imagination and creativity can change the world. Edward de Bono gave a lecture to my class two years ago and warned us that the only problem with the world was that we stopped thinking and were looking for answers only via search engines.