If I’m thinking about a difficult problem sitting at my computer, I often find that getting up (and using the restroom, getting a drink, etc) helps me solve it almost instantly (even though sitting at the computer for an hour doesn’t help). Has anyone studied this phenomenon? Aside from getting up every 5 minutes (which I’m pretty sure would be counterproductive), I want to see if someone has studied and harnessed this effect to increase creativity and productivity.

(You): If I’m thinking about a difficult problem sitting at my computer, I often find that getting up (and using the restroom, getting a drink, etc) helps me solve it almost instantly (even though sitting at the computer for an hour doesn’t help). Has anyone studied this phenomenon? Aside from getting up every 5 minutes (which I’m pretty sure would be counterproductive), I want to see if someone has studied and harnessed this effect to increase creativity and productivity.

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