Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard.  Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that.  Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

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That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving.  Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

 

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool

Increased Creativity With Blogging

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Increased Creativity With Blogging

by Anders Vanderkool

After my first few blogs,  I was finding it difficult to land on a topic. When I eventually did decide on a topic, creativity ceased to exist. I would normally force the creativity when it came to the creative arts. But with writing, it’s difficult to pull words and ideas out of the ethos. I was feeling stumped more often than not, so I started looking to everything around me for inspiration.  This is how I increased creativity with blogging.

Something shifted and time began to slow down.

Increased Creativity With BloggingIf you really think about it, time is moving a lot faster for most of us as we age. You often wonder what happened to the last few years of your life. And, the answer is being an adult. Life isn’t like it was in school or your twenties. Back then, life was filled with activities and ideas. But now it’s just routine. The problem is that, the less you do, the faster the time passes.  Your mind creates memories and that in turn, creates a timeline. That’s why those routine days go by so quickly when you look back on them. There are no memories that stand out-they just blend together and fade away.

In routine, we don’t stop to look.

We don’t see or experience the little things in life. We don’t notice the bees in the garden or that co-worker with an ironic coffee mug.  I started to look at the world in a different way- a more intentional way.  After all,  most of our time as adults is living autonomously and accepting the world for what it is . I began to notice the fine details of everything around me. Maybe I did notice them at one point in time- but that was when I was a child. It was when you were a child- when everything was new and interesting. We looked at things and asked questions. Questions like: “Why is it so convenient that these car keys fit in an electrical socket?” I have written about some book recommendations that can help with creativity here.

  • Increased Creativity With BloggingWe don’t do try new things.
  • We don’t inspire ourselves to be better.
  • We don’t strive to inspire others.

….This is what blogging has done for me.

Being intentional and living in the moment tends to slow things down. This allows you to focus on things that you never noticed before.  Remember, life is full of inspiration and opportunities. And everywhere you look is an opportunity to learn. Blogging has made me more curious. I spend more time thinking and reading about interesting and innovative ideas than watching mindless TV shows.

 

“Blogging has given me a platform to inspire others and to be my better self. A place where I can share content and have a voice”

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, writing a blog, has taught me to look at the world through a different lens. Thus, creating time to focus my creative ideas. This is how I increased creativity with blogging.  Do you do something creative? How has it changed your outlook? If you have enjoyed this article, please share and don’t forget to subscribe.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Nothing Boring About Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is an ambitious idea that makes sense. Elon Musk, is known for his innovation and very ambitious ideas that are quickly driving change around the world. The man behind Tesla and Space X has introduced The Boring Company. The company’s goal is to build a tunnel system under cities to transport cars at high rates of speed. According to Musk, this type of transportation, in a tunnel system, could be the future of transportation in big cities. He suggests that moving the transportation system underground rather to the air, is a more viable solution.  If you go deep enough, you cannot detect the tunnel below the earth.  The earth is very good at absorbing sound and vibration, making the system almost undetectable.

“The challenge with flying cars is that they are quiet noisy and that is not anxiety reducing.”

Trips traveling at 125 mph or 200 km/h through tunnels.

The idea is to create a network of underground tunnels that integrates entrance and exits points at various points around the city.  These points would only use the space of a single parking spot. The elevator delivers the vehicle onto an electric platform from the street to the tunnel system. Trips traveling at 125 mph (200 km/h) through tunnels would deliver vehicles to their predefined destination in minutes with very little risk of accident.

 

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Watch Elon Musk talk about The Boring Company

 

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has branded itself as a drilling company, however, it’s more than that. It’s an idea of ​​transforming traffic and infrastructure in major cities. Cities in the United States and around the world. There are currently plans to implement a network of tunnels in Los Angeles to function as an alternative to the main highway systems.

“It’s easier to go down than it is up with a 3D tunnel network,” says Musk. “As layers of tunnels get used up we can continue to go down.”

Tunneling has always been expensive, but not for Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Cost per mile costs have always been a roadblock in the tunneling world. Musk has an ambition goal of achieving a 10 fold reduction in the cost of tunneling. But he is putting his money where his mouth is. He suggests that this can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Cutting down the diameter of the tunnel decreases the cost in half.  Musk is attempting a 12 foot wide tunnel.
  2. Using a tunneling machine that reinforces the tunnel wall continuously.

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What about autonomous vehicles? That’s still a thing, right?

Musk is already working towards autonomy with his innovative electric cars. But he believes that when transportation becomes fully autonomous. It’s an absolute that there will be more vehicles will be on the road. Thus, creating more congestion on the streets of an already stressed infrastructure.  Further, the electrification of vehicles will become more affordable as most automakers already, have some sort of electric program in place.

 

Musk is trying to solve the impacts of innovation before they happen. You’re seeing this with The Boring Company and his renewable energy ventures such as the Solar Roof Shingles. He is a true futurist in that sense and is taking this project very seriously by already building the system in the parking lot of SpaceX.  Please share comments below and get involved in the conversation.

-Anders Vanderkool

 

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