Stop Fighting With Stress Immediately. It Boosts Your Creativity, Scientists Say

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Think that quiet room and no distractions are perfect conditions for your creativity? Wrong. Here are three kinds of stress that you need to stay creative and successful.

Keep on reading to know why.

Multitasking

Despite many scientists (and parents) claim doing several tasks at the same time is harmful and unproductive, a recent behavioral study conducted by Columbia Business School proves that switching tasks help to refresh your view of each subject.

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“When attempting problems that require creativity, we often reach a dead end without realizing it,” the study’s authors explain in Harvard Business Review. “Regularly switching back and forth between two tasks at a set interval can reset your thinking, enabling you to approach each task from fresh angles.”

This style of working fosters more creativity and avoids the “rigid thinking” that occurs when you focus for too long on the same project. You know what this feels like: the mental block from writing, designing, analyzing, or thinking about one thing so hard, you exhaust the subject.

The ‘Meaningful’ Stress

The stressor must hold meaning to you, and it’s another way stress can make us more creative.

Both “on a treadmill” and “on autopilot” are highly repetitive work environments and therefore less engaging – requiring little creativity. However, “on an expedition” and “on a mission” are more goal-oriented and more meaningful to you as a result. That meaning is precisely what kindles creativity, according to Amabile.

If so, that little dose of stress may be helping you think outside the box and grow your career.

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The ‘Deadline’ Stress

Our favorite one.

Have you noticed that no matter how many time you have for the ask, you use all of it? So, when you have some time-borders, in other words, “deadlines”, you work harder but better as well.

A case study by Amabile shows that workers who were under a low to moderate deadline – the middle option between “tight” and “mild” – showed the most creativity across each organization, followed by those under tight deadlines.

The stress of a due date may not be exciting, but a time-sensitive environment can give your work the focus it deserves and help you fend off the distractions that can derail an inspired train of thought.

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