Daydreaming gets a bad rap in our culture. It’s usually associated with goofing off or not paying attention. Sometimes it’s considered tantamount to laziness.
However, daydreaming serves an important function, as my own coach tells me. 🙂
The brain has two main modes of operation: task positive and the default mode.
Task positive is when you’re concentrating, learning, or focused on a task.
The default mode is when your mind wanders, you’re daydreaming or you’re not focused on anything iparticular.
Here’s the irony. When your brain is in task positive mode, certain areas of the brain light up.
But when you’re in default mode, even more areas of your brain light up and are activated.
What does this mean in practical terms?
It means that daydreaming is an important way for your brain to process information (including the information you have taken in during task positive mode) and helps make new connections—which are the essence of creativity.
Many famous discoveries or creative breakthroughs have happened during daydreaming: Newton’s discovery of gravity, Mary Shelley’s idea for the novel “Frankenstein”, and Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
My coach maintains that our over-reliance on electronic devices to keep boredom at bay is short-circuiting our daydreaming time and undercutting our creativity.
What about you? Is your brain getting enough daydreaming time?
May we pursue our paths, allowing our brains and ourselves the right amount of time to daydream,