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Be Creatively Productive!

Be Creatively Productive!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a believer in the inherent creativity in each of us. Creativity is an essential part of human functioning; without it, we wouldn’t be able to find our way to work when we decide to take a “short cut” to avoid traffic. Or figure out what to buy at the grocery store when we’re wondering what to have for dinner. Or write a blog post, or sketch a picture, or learn a tune. While some people give more time, energy and practice to their creative endeavors, we are all creative.

We are all, also, imaginative. We can visualize a future for ourselves, daydream and play with ideas that might lead to something exciting.daydream

But, are we all productive? I know I struggle with feeling productive, whether it’s the kind of productivity I need to meet a deadline, or the kind of productivity that keeps me focused on writing my novel. How can we use our creativity and imagination to help us get and stay productive?

In a recent article, Imagination, Creativity and Productivity Lisa Canning puts forth the notion that by more fully activating our brains we can be more productive.

Playing a musical instrument, for example, is a great way to activate both hemispheres of the brain. Another activity that stimulates both hemispheres is juggling. Yet another, which I remember doing as a child, is to write the word for one color, while using a pen of a different color. For example, write the word “yellow” while using a “blue” pen. And Improvisation is a fun and challenging way to use your whole brain.

Canning concludes that  “the more of our brain we use- the closer to ‘whole brain thinking’ we achieve- the more we are able to synthesize information CREATIVELY into productive outcomes.The data reveals that both the right (creative) and the left (linear) need to be full activated to produce the greatest level of productivity.”


Whole brain thinking is what creativity is all about! There are lots of brain-training games and activities out there – give them a try to see if your productivity increases!

New Book: Your Creative Brain

New Book: Your Creative Brain

The other day I heard a great interview on my local NPR station with Shelley Carson, Harvard psychologist and author of “Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life”. In the interview, Carson talks about how we can re-train our brains to be more creative. I’m definitely buying her book, which includes self-tests for discovering which brain states you favor, exercises to strengthen the weaker brain states, and help in sticking to the program! Here’s a link to the book: