unHurry yourself

Research has shown that people think more creatively when they are calm, unhurried and free from stress, and that time pressure leads to tunnel vision . . .

The greatest thinkers in history certainly knew the value of shifting the mind into low gear. Charles Darwin described himself as a ‘slow thinker.’ Albert Einstein was famous for spending ages staring into space in his office at Princeton University. In the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes weighs up the evidence from crime scenes by entering a quasi-meditative state, ‘with a dreamy vacant expression in his eyes.

From Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed (page 121)

Via Notes from my unhurried journey

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

5 Responses to unHurry yourself

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  2. Julie says:

    Can’t agree more. In an age of business-oriented-ness that focuses on products and deliverables, it’s too easy to overlook the need to STOP, to slow down, to seem to be wasting time. I’ve had problems with that at work, and bigger problems with that at the studio. Another example: Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, wrote that he generated ideas for his strips by staring off into space, doodling, or doing other things that look remarkably like goofing off. Doing does not necessarily equate to progress. To use a phrase I was told re letting out the clutch when I want to play rocket-car: slow is fast.

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