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Beethoven's Surprisingly Simple Habit for Creative Breakthroughs

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Walking And Creativity

Walking And Creativity

Routines provide the soil to creativity. One such routine is walking.

Ludwig van Beethoven had a daily routine for a long, vigorous walk after lunch, carrying a pencil and paper, recording musical ideas.

Walking helps produce novel ideas and enhance creative thinking and maybe the missing ingredient for giving ‘legs’ to new ideas and insights.

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Walking, if done as a break after work, helps in processing and internalizing of brain information, forming new connections inside.

  • The Absorb state is an open state of mind, playful and receptive.
  • The Synthesis state is when the mind is in a closed state, ready to execute and provide output.

By walking, the Absorb state is induced and it leads to better Synthesis when work is resumed.

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  • They are less conventional and unorthodox in many aspects of life.

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  • Verification: Where it is verified that the idea is real or just a random dream without legs.