Using Your 5 Senses To Jump-Start The Creative Process

Posted on July 2, 2014

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If we use all five senses-scent, sight, sound, touch, and taste - to stimulate our minds while working, then this may spark more creativity.

Sight might have the greatest impact on your state of mind while you're working. What your eyes take in around you will affect your creativity and focus. That means it can help to vary your lighting source depending on the type of work you're doing. If you need to be alert and focused, direct daylight is always your best option. A 2012 study published in Behavioral Neuroscience found that people who were exposed to daylight versus those exposed to artificial light for six hours two days in a row felt more alert, and performed more accurately on tasks.

You may think perfect silence is the best condition to work under. Silence does indeed enhance your focus, but if you're doing more creative work, ambient noise is most effective in stimulating your thinking. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that ambient noise is an important variable that affects creativity.

When you feel cold in your work environment, you're actually affecting how well you perform. A study by Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University, found that feeling cold in your work environment negatively impacts your focus and work performance. Hedge found that raising the temperature in a workspace from 68 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit reduced the errors typists made by 44%, and makes them work more efficiently. That's because keeping your workspace too cold can mean you're using energy you would be putting toward your work just to stay warm.

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Source material from Fast Company