There’s lot’s to be said for turning off your cell phone, closing the laptop, and leaving the iPad off if you are just looking for some good old-fashioned peace and quiet.

And it appears that leaving all that technological stuff at home and going for a hike is not only good for the soul but can give your creativity a boost as well.

A recent university study by some psychologists* finds that backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after they were out hiking in nature for four days and completely disconnected from all electronic devices.

Now most of us probably can’t take four days to hike but we can take a few hours to get out in nature and re-boot our brains. Even a short time out in the wilds will likely have the same effect.

My partner and I have made the commitment that every Saturday morning we’re going on a hike. Not just a walk around the block but a real, honest to goodness hike.

We love to hike anyway and we just haven’t been doing enough of it, so starting this Saturday we’re taking a hike. There are lots of great hiking trails to choose from here in the Coachella Valley where we live.

The next time there’s a lull in my creativity — or I’m just sick of sitting in front of this computer — I’m going to get out and take a hike.

You might want to think about doing the same.

*You can read the complete story about the study here: Getting Out In Nature Will Help Clear Your Mind