Creative Thinking Activities Without Screens
You have been behind your computer all day today. When back home you wonder if you need to crank up that television of yours. The whatever-o-clock news is about to start soon. Imagine you are not up to date with the latest at work tomorrow morning!
It is time for you to follow my footsteps, even if its only for one day. Why? Because its creative thinking activities that really let you make a difference, not the news-updates and gossips. These activities are not done behind a television screen I can tell you. Let me explain…
Why Screens Kill Creativity
It is true and so simple to understand. If you look at it analytically, your screens (computers, ipads, smart phones, etc.) are here to either:
- Input content
- Consume content
Now look at your average daily schedule and the time you spend behind a screen. I bet you spend over 50% of your waking hours behind them. Putting in content en consuming content. Rest assured, you are not alone. This scenario goes down for the vast majority of developed countries. But one thing is for sure: those screens are not helping you find great moments in creativity.
Before I go on I ask you: Do you need to be creative at work? If you don’t and you are perfectly happy with how things go, just close this window and check out your friends on Facebook. If you do need to be creative at work I ask you: Do you struggle to be creative at work? If your answer is yes, take a day off and read all my blog posts… just kidding.
But taking time off to be creative is definitely an important first step.
Find Creative Thinking Activities Offline
Since we spend hours and hours behind screens, our brain seems to slowly slide into this numb state in which it can’t be creative anymore. Our radiating screens keep us awake to do analytical type of work, and that is okay if you need to. But new creative ideas you come up with often come to you in moments when you are at rest. Your screen does not make you at ease, or does it?
Here is a simple trick that can help you forward. Try to schedule in time away from your screen. This might sound easy, but it’s not. For some reason screens keep a hold of you. Hell, it sometimes looks like people are addicted by them. Oh, and taking a coffee break does not count as a significant time off from your screen. You need to get out! Out of the building and on the street.
Creative thinking activities are best found outside. You only need half an hour minimum. Just take a stroll around the area and bring one or two colleagues. Talk about the matter at hand and you will be surprised. The ironic part of it all: there is a good chance you will come up with more fresh ideas in 30 minutes than in 4 hours gazing at your computer screen.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!