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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