I was talking to a friend who had recently hurt his arm. He had his left arm in a sling, and although he didn't have a cast, he was unable to use his arm at all. After discussing how he got hurt doing Jujitsu rolls without the proper warm-up, he said something along the lines of "Well at least now I use my right hand more often (he is a lefty) and this is supposed to make me more creative". I was skeptical that using his non-dominant hand for a few weeks would have any effect on his creativity, but being as curious as I am I decided to go about my day consciously using my left hand instead of my right whenever possible to see what happened.
Although I didn't feel like Gaudi for using my left hand, I have to admit that I see my friend's point. It struck me when I was trying to wash my hands in the bathroom, reaching over myself to get soap from the dispenser, that there has to be a better way to do the most routine things. The dispenser I was reaching for with my left hand was the one I would have used had I decided to get soap with my right hand. However, there was a dispenser on the left that would have been much more easy to get to with my left hand. That is when I started to hypothesize that even if I am used to doing things one way, constraints - such as not being able to use your dominant hand - don't have to make it harder for me to perform the same task. There is usually another way that may be different but not necessarily harder. He call's it creativity, I would call it resourcefulness. Regardless of what you call it, I like my friend's attitude and agree that constraints force you to think differently. I would add that they only make life harder when you insist on doing things the un-constrained way and don’t adapt to the new circumstances.