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Earlier this summer, we ran a Creative Distraction Challenge asking readers to share their favorite desk toy. Apparently we're not the only ones obsessed with creative play—Julie Beck's recent article in The Atlantic, titled Stress Toys: Mindlessness With a Purpose?, also examines the research around fidgeting and productivity. 

Beck writes:

"There are plenty of articles offering suggestions on how to outsmart the ingrained drudgery of office life, by taking breaks or moving around. Eventually, though, no matter how many intermissions are built into the day, everyone will eventually have to get around to actually doing work.

And that’s when it can help to have something for people to occupy their hands with. For example, people have been shown to remember information better when they took notes by hand than when they typed them up on a keyboard. One oft-cited study found that doodling also seems to boost memory; its author hypothesized that doodling might help keep people from daydreaming during a boring task."

Click to read the full article on The Atlantic.


Jill Reiswig is the Content Marketing Manager at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.

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Jill Reiswig

Jill Reiswig is the Content Marketing Manager at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.