Daydreaming Workers are Good Workers
Daydreaming stimulates your mind and make you more effective.
Remember high school math class? Unless you had an amazing teacher, it was more than likely a seemingly endless lecture on the quadratic equation or cosines, followed by an eternity of only slightly more interesting practice problems. Daydreaming was an easy and natural escape.
Fast forward to your professional career: instead of numerators and denominators, now it’s budgeting forecasts and planning meetings. But if your boss catches you staring out the window, you’re probably in for a reprimand. And it’s for good reason – it’s important to pay attention. But maybe not all the time. It turns out daydreaming is actually good for you.
Daydreaming helps you find solutions.
Going off into your own world can actually make you more productive by stimulating the most complex regions of your brain. This lets you free associate and eliminate mental filtering. Some scientists believe this frees up your mind to process tasks more efficiently. This is because daydreams stimulate the frontal lobes of the brain, the location responsible for organization and planning.
Dream worlds can boost your creativity.
Creative people have long been familiar with the 3 Bs. That is, the best ideas come to you in the bath (or shower), bus (during your commute) or in bed. This is because by devoting a small portion or your mental power to one activity, you free the rest of your brain to do what it will. It’s the old adage that the best ideas come when you’re least expecting them. The unconscious mind contains a wealth of rich, relevant material that can bubble up to the surface when it’s allowed to. Cross-brain involvement has been shown to help creativity and mood, according to a study for Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Encourage employees to use daydreaming to embrace their creative side with products like adult coloring books, cube bots or sketchbooks. By stepping outside their mental constraints, if only for a moment, they’re discovering new approaches that can increase efficiency and make them better workers.
Some companies promote daydreaming.
No longer a sign of laziness or the mark of an idler, daydreaming is coming into its own in the professional world. Recognizing its benefits, forward-thinking companies like Google and 3M provide their employees with up to eight hours a week to daydream and dabble. And who are we to argue with innovative giants like that?