13 October 2014

daydreamingDid you ever get told by a teacher or parent to stop daydreaming? I think many of us have a memory similar to this, especially if you’re a creative.

Whilst I believe that listening to others is a skill we don’t always practice enough, it’s easy to dismiss daydreaming as a waste of time when, actually – the way I see it – it’s quite the opposite. Why? Well, in my experience, it allows your subconscious to take over, replacing concentrated focus with intuition and opening your imagination to new ideas.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place for concentrating, but if you find yourself feeling like you’re banging your head against a brick wall, it’s probably time to turn away from your computer screen and have a look out of the window, watch the comings and goings outside; maybe even take a walk.

Personally, I think it’s unrealistic to expect somebody to focus solidly throughout the day; the brain just doesn’t work like that. Often, the best ideas come to you when you’ve “zoned out” and your thoughts start to flow naturally. So, next time someone tells you to stop daydreaming, why not suggest they start daydreaming instead?

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