Quick Tip #4: The Sky’s the Limit

Here is a simple quick tip for helping extend or bolster your everyday creativity.

Need to free your mind? Are you sitting in your office cubicle, New York apartment, or back bedroom converted into a home office? Go outside. If it’s raining, find the highest ceiling in your house and camp out there. Think for a bit. Research now suggests ceiling height determines the level of abstract thought people are capable of in certain environments. Joan Meyers-Levy, professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, has stated that the way people think and act is affected by relative ceiling height.

“When a person is in a space with a 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly,” said Meyers-Levy. “They might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be more likely to focus on specifics.”

Alternately, pack yourself in a crate and contemplate quantum mechanics.

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3 Responses to Quick Tip #4: The Sky’s the Limit

  1. Ben Loreto says:

    Did you look into this at all before writing this post?

  2. Jon says:

    The spatial relationship research referenced was done as part of a study on the effects of room size and object orientation for marketing purposes. The principle applies here in reference to how the brain conceptualizes and prioritizes ideas. A big part of expanding your creativity is externally producing the images or concepts you come up with internally. Proper idea prioritization helps you immensely in discovering and developing the steps to complete your project.
    Why don’t you try it for a bit. Find the smallest room in the house and try to come up with a good project or work out the function/answer of a current project. Take the answer you come up with and record it. Take a break from the project or take a similar question out into a wide open room with a tall ceiling and repeat the process. You’ll have more expansive concepts or answers from the big room and more detail oriented concepts or answers from the small room.

    Yes, I looked into it quite a bit.
    If you have any tips that you use in bolstering your creativity, send them over and if they work we’ll have you guest-post a future quick tip.

  3. Geller Green says:

    We need more blogs like yours. Great post, I’ve shared it on my facebook profile.

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