The benefits of Anywhere Working to the environment, your pocket, and your convenience, have been well explained, but is it possible for Anywhere Working to actually increase your creativity? Based on the findings in the new book Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer, it would appear that it is.
Jonah Lehrer, an author on the connection between psychology, science and the humanities, quells many misconceptions in the book about what it is to be creative. In particular, he dismisses the myth that there are ‘creative types,’ leaving creativity to an elite and selective few. Creativity, he argues, is a set of thought processes, which we are all capable of and can all learn to induce ourselves.
There are two main types of creative problem Lehrer identifies, with each requiring very different approaches to solve them. The first – the moment of insight or ‘eureka moment’ – will come out of the blue, using knowledge you already have, to fix a problem you’ve experienced. The second – the feeling of knowing – happens when, for example, you know something (such as the name of a song), but cannot remember it.
Of the quick ten tips Lehrer highlighted in his Wall Street Journal article ‘How to be Creative,’ five of these are perfectly suited to Anywhere Working.
It’s welcoming to see Lehrer dispel common creativity myths, especially when the tasks you need to make yourself more creative are so easy to implement, and even easier if you’re anywhere working.