Fewer Americans these days take time out of their busy day to step away from their desk and take a lunch break. Research has found that only about one in five people take a true lunch break in today’s world. Instead, they just eat at their desk in order to continue working. The results of this are explored in the article “We’re Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That’s Bad For Business”. What it basically comes down to is that creativity can be lost sitting at a desk for an entire work day.
According to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor at the University of California who also studies work place psychology, innovation and creative thinking happens when people change their environment. She states that even more benefits can occur if people expose themselves to a naturalist environment. Sitting at the same desk everyday is a far cry from spending some time outdoors. So, why aren’t people taking advantage of their lunch breaks? Some people may be reluctant to leave their desks because they fear that they might miss something important. In some job places, breaks are not even mandated.
I think that this could play a factor into our class discussion on what it takes to care about the material taught in the classroom. We have the same exact class schedule for an entire semester. We are taught in the same exact classrooms. We sit in the same exact seats everyday. We typically interact with the same exact people in all of our classes. This is a lot of monotony and not a lot of new stimuli for our brains. Our creativity is harmed in the classroom because we know what to expect. There are never any surprises. We simply sit and learn. We never get a “lunch break” to help us see an idea in a new perspective. Something as simple as taking a walk in the middle of class is able to boost our creativity. Most teachers would never allow that because it takes away from precious class time. But who knows, maybe it will actually improve success in the classroom.