You sit during meetings.
Cramming chairs around a conference table may keep your team’s best ideas at bay, new Washington University research suggests, while standing during work meetings can lead to more creativity. In a study, employees were given 30 minutes to create a university recruitment video; the group without chairs suggested more inventive ideas and produced better videos than the team that was more sedentary. Standing might make you more physically energized and less territorial of your ideas, which can promote creative collaboration, Inc.com reported.
You’re chained to your desk.
Walking may foster creative thinking, researchers at Santa Clara University found. In a recent study, volunteers were asked to come up with as many unique uses as possible for common items like a tweezers or a tire, while sitting at a desk and then while walking on a treadmill. Creative output improved by more than 81 percent when people brainstormed while hoofing it.
You go it alone.
It’s inaccurate to hail visionaries as Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, or Sigmund Freud as solo creative geniuses, argues Joshua Wolf Shenk in his book The Power of Two, who says “creativity is most commonly the result of two people interacting in a variety of ways: complementary collaboration, mutual inspiration, creative rivalry, whatever you want to call it,” NPR reported. To juice your brain, develop a personal “board of advisors,” suggests communications expert Preston Ni on his Psychology Today blog. First, think of six inspirational, creative people you admire—friends or acquaintances, historical figures, current celebrities, or even fictional characters like Yoda. How would each one solve your problem? “You may be surprised at the quality and creativity of the answers that emerge,” Ni wrote. “Of course, these brainstorms are really coming from you, but from a fresh perspective.”