It’s common sense that to be more productive we need to be focused on the problem at hand, which makes sense because without focus we’ll never be able complete any project. But there is a need to distract ourselves from problems if we ever want to solve them.
In the post-recession economy, too many people are overworked and stressed because they spend so much time on a given problem they burn themselves out before they get a chance to solve it.
Recent studies on brain activity show that the brain is more active during periods of rest when compared to periods of problem-solving.
This “wakeful rest,” can be described as of daydreaming, meditation, or envisioning the future. It’s typical for someone to come up with an idea when their distracted from a particular problem or what’s commonly called the ah-ha moment of creativity. These moments come when we aren’t thinking about a complex issue,
The Default Mode Network is a distinct mental activity where different parts of the brain are activated during what’s called the incubation period or where are minds our operating under what’s called combinatory play. This is when we combine various images, sounds, memories, and other ideas until we develop a relationship between ideas which yields to a solution.
We can see a paradox here when it comes to problem-solving. The more time we spend on trying to come up with a solution, the less likely we will find one.
Creativity is not something you can force upon yourself. It’s an organic way of thinking that operates when our minds are allowed to wander and explore its internal environment.
So step back. Do something else. Get lost in your mind for a bit. It’s when we’re lost that solutions come in waves.