The Importance of Daydreaming

dream_a_zI’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living. – George Lucas

Do you remember all the times you were told as a child to stop daydreaming and all the times you got in trouble in school for staring out the window? We are routinely judged for daydreaming, the implication being that we are wasting time or being unproductive. Yet, daydreaming is actually a very high-level brain function that has many uses and benefits.

Scientists have found that daydreaming actually exercises your brain’s ability to handle multiple thoughts at the same time. This can definitely enhance creative abilities. You may have noticed that your most brilliant ideas come while you are washing dishes, going for a walk or taking a shower. When you are occupied with an simple task your brain is free to process complicated thoughts and problems drawing on the depths of the subconscious.

People who are actively creative likely have an increased capacity to stay focused on a task at hand while letting their mind wander at the same time. Your mind can drive your car or clean the house while also working on a poem or coming up with a solution a problem at work.

Once you let your mind wander without trying to control it, you allow your brain to explore ideas and solutions to problems that you might not have thought about before when you were actively concentrating on the problem.

Allowing your mind to drift without censoring or judging provides space new ideas or perspectives to show up. When you are daydreaming, anything is possible. This allows you to imagine things working in a new and better way. You can use this for creating anything including your life.

Often while daydreaming you will find that the answer to a problem seems to just pop into your mind, even when consciously you thought there was no possible solution. Many of the greatest minds in history claim that they came up with their best ideas while daydreaming. So the next time you find your mind wandering let it go, knowing something important and productive is going on.

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