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People’s minds wander, sometimes up to 30 to 40 percent of the time, while doing activities like reading.
A wandering mind is invoking the good brain regions, which are associated with solving insight puzzles. It is at work trying to find the answer to your stress-related problems, automatically.
Creativity by default is a messy process. Doing creative stuff, and letting your mind wander forms new connections and helps us subconsciously compare and contrast our problems and solutions.
Our brain's neural network needs to be fed different kinds of food, at the same time.
A wandering unfocused mind allows noise inside us, which helps in developing new ideas. A completely focused mind is shut, and as there is no noise which enters, it remains uncreative.
Many people have certain rituals that allow them to relax their minds deliberately. Like pausing and savouring a hot cup of coffee in the morning, allowing the mind to go places.
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It drives us to engage in activities that we find more meaningful than those at hand. Without it, we’d be perpetually excited by everything.
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When we’re consciously doing things we’re using the “executive attention network, ” the parts of the brain that control and inhibit our attention. The attention network makes it possible for us to relate directly to the world presently around us.
By contrast, when our minds wander, we activate the brain’s “default mode network, ” which is the brain “at rest”; not focused on an external, goal-oriented task. In this mode, we still tap about 95% of the energy we use when our brains are engaged in focused thinking.
Boredom is one of the most important factors in creativity. Boredom is a productive state as long as you don't let it get to you.
Agatha Christie said there is nothing like boredom...
When we're bored, two key things are happening in our minds: One is a 'desire bind' where someone wants to do something but not anything that's on offer. The other is when your mind is itching to be engaged.
Our first instinct when we experience some boredom is to fill it with Netflix lists, Instagram feeds, and TikTok videos. Riding out this boredom is vital though.
Boredom is not in itself creative. It's what it leads to that is significant. In the gap of boredom, you're motivated to look for something else, and there's a real chance you'll discover something new.
For at least two thousand years, our minds have been wandering away from the object of focus.
Mind-wandering is a factor of a human mind and varies according to how vivid a person’s...
Our brain’s executive system is active during any goal-oriented task, where there is a level of focus required.
During a period of passivity, the large scale brain networks become the default mode networks and work in tandem. This is our period of rest, where the entire brain is in a relaxed but highly active state.
This period is when we let our brain generate spontaneous thoughts while not being focused on anything.
Our brain is oscillating between two different brain states: Focused thinking and Diffused thinking. This is the reason people have shower thoughts or sudden solutions to problems that are bothering them for long.
These two modes of thinking allow us to merge creativity with productivity.