Do you feel guilty when you do so, thinking you should be doing something, well, more useful?
Is there someone in your life who hrumphs with disapproval when they catch you musing in such a manner?
Think on this:
Albert Eisenstein apparently did some of his best work while daydreaming as he looked out a window, even for hours. While I don’t expect to exhibit his kind of genius, I am reassured.
I’ve also heard that studies about children reveal the ones who get time to just stare out a window, at least metaphorically, tend to learn better and test smarter than those who don’t.
I remembered hearing this years ago these things this morning when I realized I was feeling pressured. I’m considering making some changes in the way I work or what I work on or… and I started feeling frantic and like I didn’t have enough time.
I do. I actually have exactly as much time as you do, no more and no less.
It dawned on me that what I’m missing right now is spaciousness around what I’m doing. I’m not getting enough time staring out that window.
That time that looks like wasted time to someone watching me, or that I can label wasted when I’m hugely in doing mode isn’t.
It’s actually an integral part of the creative process. That is, as long as I’m actually daydreaming and not just zoning out in boredom or other escapism. And you and I do know the difference.
I’m not sure why daydreaming seems to fuel the imagination. WebMD in an article called Why Does Daydreaming Get Such a Bad Rap? suggests that daydreaming is like meditation and gives the mind a break.
For me, meditation is quite different than daydreaming. Meditation is a concentrated effort to be aware of each present moment, and to do real self-examination. Daydreaming is something else.
Wonderquest has an article titled Daydreaming — goofing off, or what? They explore a few of the theories about why we daydream but fail to come to any certain conclusions.
Which is just fine with me. I’ve learned I don’t need to know exactly how or why something happens. I know I benefit from daydreaming and so does my writing and my writing business.
I’ve got a great window to stare out of and I’m going to delight in some time this week doing just that.
How do you fuel your imagination and productivity?