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Being busy is killing our ability to think creatively

Addicted to Busyness

Kickstarting our creative process requires solitude, space, time and a distraction-free environment. 

Our brain then gets accustomed to constant stimulation, and we become addicted to busyness.

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Being busy is killing our ability to think creatively

Being busy is killing our ability to think creatively

https://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/creativity-and-distraction

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Busyness and Creativity

Being busy all the time dials down your creativity. Being distracted doing the scheduled work in your calendar doesn't give your brain time to do any creative thinking and in turn any real, original work.

Real productive work requires an unobstructed window of time during the day.

Information Overload

We consume up to five times more information than we used to a generation before. This constant information overload drains us of our creativity and even willpower.

An avalanche of information keeps our brain mired and trapped in noise.

Addicted to Busyness

Kickstarting our creative process requires solitude, space, time and a distraction-free environment. 

Our brain then gets accustomed to constant stimulation, and we become addicted to busyness.

Busyness

Being constantly busy robs us from doing anything that has any real value.

Some of the most important discoveries and inventions weren't made while the great minds were busy, but when they were still.

Boredom is Good

Boredom is considered an undesirable state of mind, but it is essential for a healthy, creative mind.

Our minds otherwise would become a machine transmitting and receiving information all day.

The Four Ways To Disconnect

How to disconnect in the age of distraction and constant information:

  1. A morning walk without your phone with you.
  2. Getting out of your comfort zone, doing something you normally wouldn't do.
  3. More fun and games.
  4. Do diverse types of activity.

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Tie the task to a larger goal

... you are passionate about.

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Start with the easiest part

The most difficult step in completing a task is getting started. 

Starting at the easiest part takes less emotional resistance, and once we get started, we tend to get on a roll, which gives us the momentum to keep going.

Break it down

The task will seem less daunting if we tell ourselves that we are going to only spend five minutes working on it. 

We’ll find ourselves continuing to work past the committed time that we told ourselves.

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The Importance Of Boredom

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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Focus And The Brain

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. 

Types Of Daydreaming
  • Poor attention control: when people with poor attention control drift into daydreaming. These people are anxious, easily distracted, and have difficulty concentrating, even on their daydreams.
  • Guilty-dysphoric: when our thoughts drift to unproductive and negative places. We berate ourselves for perceived mistakes or flaws and feel emotions like guilt, anxiety, and anger.
  • Positive-constructive: when our thoughts veer toward the imaginative; it reflects our drive to explore ideas and feelings, plan, and problem-solve. 

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