If you’re looking for a low-tech tool to increase your creative thinking, Fast Company magazine recommends going all the way back to basics: Turn off your computer and reach for pencil and paper.

Scientists say that writing by hand forces us to slow down. This gives your brain a chance to find connections between words and ideas you might miss when typing speedily at a keyboard. Writing one word at a time also stimulates the memory and imprints ideas more firmly in the mind. So when you really need to spur your imagination, step away from the laptop and start scrawling.

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