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Creativity break: What do you do to get into your creative zone?

Experts share what they do to get into their creative zone. Created by Khan Academy.

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  • starky tree style avatar for user Danny Rios
    I feel like these statements contract themselves. On the one hand, the girl mentions that you should just do it anyway when you can't get into that flow state. This other dude was like "forcing yourself doesn't work. Instead, try to blah blah blah."
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    • mr pink green style avatar for user David Severin
      I personally do not see them as contradiction's, I see it more as a difference of opinions. Further, if you listen to the whole video, the girl also talks about doing an activity such as walking to get the creative juices flowing, but if that does not work just try to do something toward working out the problem. This is also different from his statement of forcing yourself to try to conjure a solution just does not work. So she says try starting somewhere, whereas Sal says trying to get to the end will not work.
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  • eggleston blue style avatar for user James
    walking like Albert Einstein who also walked while he can't figure out solutions to real life problems
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  • duskpin seed style avatar for user JOANNA236
    The girl mentioned something about that you should just go for it anyways when you cant get into that flow state.
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Video transcript

(soft music) (marker scratches) (keyboard taps) - Whenever I wanna come up with a solution to a problem and I don't have it, my immediate reaction is to go outside and go on a walk. I love walking in all kinds of weather. I feel like with the peace and calm, moving away from the problem and stepping away from it, sometimes I get way better ideas and it inspires me. But, I also think there's something to be said about not being inspired. Like, not always as amazing. I feel like sometimes I get struck with inspiration for how I want to explain a Khan Academy video or how I wanna approach a piece of art or how I want to approach a math problem, but sometimes it doesn't come. And so I feel like what the best solution is when you are trying to get into that creative zone and you can't, is just do it and try to do something anyway. Like write something or write your equations, try to figure it out. And if you make mistakes, that's okay, because it's something to jump off of and sometimes seeing what you already know down on paper can help you come up with better ideas and can help you be more creative. - Forcing yourself to just conjure a solution, simply does not work. Instead, take a break from the task. Pick something else up, like a physical sport or even video games. And then come back to the original problem. That can do wonders. (soft music)