Do Deadlines Kill Creativity?

Do deadlines make you more creative? Marketplace commentator?Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work,?doesn’t think so. According to her research, professionals are?45% less likely to “come up with a new idea or solve a complex problem” when on extreme deadlines. Worse yet, your creative energies are apparently sapped for an additional two or more days due to a sort of deadline “hangover.”

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Amabile suggests avoiding the “treadmill effect” wherein you’re running all day due to distractions and sequestering yourself into a quiet place. Brings to mind Jack Keroauc locking himself in a closet writing 10,000 words in a sitting whilst losing 10 pounds in the process. Albeit, he was on?benzedrine but the general idea is the same. Also, Amabile says,?”If you’re a procrastinator, maybe the most important change you can make is an attitude adjustment,” which raised the hackles of at least two commenters on the Marketplace blog where this bit was archived. As MJWilco replied, “Don’t insult us with simplistic advice. An ‘attitude adjustment?’ If that was true, I would have fixed all my problems in grade school.”

Love it. So, the question at hand is, “Do deadlines work for you?” Amabile says that “When you work under the gun, creativity is usually the first casualty.” Or does it just improve your aim?

Here are some of my previous thoughts on the notion:
How to Achieve Goals as a Deadline Junky & 5 Time Management Techniques for Writers

Wine Fraud Uncorked

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, unless it?s the bouquet of a fine Bordeaux, that?s really a ?faux-deaux.? Like the imitation Gucci bag and the Rolex reduxes strapped on cheaper wrists, wine too has made a splash among counterfeiters as purveyors of bogus plonk have turned the cellars of the unsuspecting into menageries of liquid fraud. Alas, sour grapes looms for this lot ? as Krissy Clark recently reported on Marketplace, services like those offered by Applied DNA Sciences are thwarting counterfeiters by letting the genome out of the bottle through genetic tracking. As the company explains on its website ?Applied DNA Sciences offers a novel system called SigNature (Botanical plant DNA) to certify and verify the provenance of prestige wines.? It remains unnecessary, however to verify the provenance and prestige of today?s wine-borne hangover. Some things, regrettably, are always legit. (Thanks to Christian Chensvold for the lead.)

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