Exercises in divergent thinking can improve mental connections between unexpected ideas, inspiring creative solutions and unlocking “aha” moments.
Whether you’ve been using Evernote for nine minutes or nine years, you’ve no doubt seen how it can help you (or your entire team) become more productive at work. But the road to greater team productivity is far from smooth. Paradoxically, the very apps promising to liberate us can actually make it harder to get anything done, by creating more places for our ideas to hide. Here at Evernote, we
Brainstorming is one of the best ways to generate ideas and solve problems, alone or in a group. There’s no substitute for the free, improvisational flow of ideas, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think ahead. Here are some tips and techniques for getting the most out of your brainstorming sessions. Brainstorm your brainstorm If you’re asked to lead a team brainstorm, but you’re new to it, preparation is key.
The Death of Socrates (Detail), Jacques-Louis David, 1787 Life boils down to just two things: experience and information. Experience is what happens in your brain. The slippery chill of diving into a swimming pool. The bittersweet taste of chocolate ice cream on your tongue. Those are experiences. Information is the breadcrumb trail left behind by experience. The photograph of you by the pool. The chocolate stain on your shirt. Information
On the Evernote blog, creativity is a constant theme. The very nature of creativity—how we find it, capture it, save it, and how we use it, has been a persistent narrative of many of our posts. It has defined topics ranging from authors and writers to filmmakers and designers. The fascinating takeaway from these dialogues is that the fundamental search for understanding how ideas work has implications far beyond the
Each year at high school graduation time, as another freshly-minted generation of teenagers begins adulting, I always reflect on two memories that have stayed with me from my graduation: The cringe-worthy pictures of the overly-gelled hair that I sported for much too long. Thanks, Julie Greenspoon for still going to Freshman Homecoming with me! The moment when the principal announced that I would be attending Harvard and my precalculus teacher