Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard. Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that. Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

RELATED: Mindfulness Meditation

That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving. Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

daydreaming and creative thinking

Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool


Originally published at Vanderkool: Creativity Guru.

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