I am an avid hiker. If I could, I’d be on the trails 365 days a year, rain, snow, or shine. Not only is it great exercise, but it actually improves my creativity. Spending time outdoors in nature replenishes the problem-solving parts of the brain that actually get depleted when we are constantly engaged with technology. In nature, my mind enters a state of soft-fascination and my thoughts begin to wander. It’s also been proven that we are better at coming up with creative ideas while walking rather than sitting. So the next time you find yourself stuck for a creative solution, maybe the best thing you can do is go for a hike. Just remember to print out that map so that you can turn the phone off. And make sure you invite me.
By: Scott Acker