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

Traveling Increases Creativity

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By Anders Vanderkool

How does travel affect creativity?

Traveling is the best way to help increase creativity. Immersing into the ideas and traditions of another culture helps influence new ideas by adding a new layer of mindfulness. This mindfulness allows you to think differently and really experience something new. It scientifically changes your outlook and actually rewires your brain. Traveling literally expands the mind.

 

The wiring or neural pathways in the brain are influenced by a number of factors including our habits and the environment that we are exposed to. These environments and habits include all your senses and linguistics.

Integration into a new culture into forces yourself to think in a different way

When traveling in a new place, it’s a great opportunity to be creative, as your seeing the world in a different way. You’re experiencing it in a open minded setting where all control that you have had is longer present. It gives the world a new perspective. In a way, changing your mental clarity. This isn’t effective if one isn’t intentional about integrating themselves into the culture and traditions. It’s also important to journal about your adventures. Don’t forget to journal all about your adventures- you never know what sort of ideas will come out.

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Pulls you out of your shell

Local customs, food, and personal space can definitely pull you out of your shell. It challenges you to do things that seem less ordinary and it will test your boundaries. When traveling, particularly in a culturally different place, you will be out of your comfort zone and introduced to a new version of yourself. A piece of your personality that you never knew existed. A whole new place to explore and generate new ideas. It pulls out the personality and turns off the autopilot button.

Further, when there is language barriers- one must use more visual communication. As a result patience is exercised allowing for more presence in the moment and having to explore creative ways to communicate.

Booking the trip gives you something to look forward to

It’s important to plan a trip and set a date. This will keep you focused on the goal ahead. Studies have shown an elevated mood in people that have their trip planned than those who don’t. Having something to look forward to elevates mood, increases positive energy into something. It adds an element of curiousness and often drives people to be more physically fit and more responsible with their finances as they are working towards and end goal.

As mentioned in previous blogs, I talked about how routine makes life move at an increased rate. This is problematic to our perception to time. Your not experiencing new things, thus not creating new memories. It all becomes a blur. Getting distance away from the daily routine allows for more abstract ways of seeing your life. New ways of thinking and creating.

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Conclusion

I know many people that don’t travel for a number of reasons. Most of the time people say they would like to travel and experience the world, but they always have an excuse. There is always a reason to why they can’t do it. There is always a way, just think creatively and search for that solution. Traveling increases creativity and I hope that you plan your next vacation soon!  Please share if you enjoyed this post and get involved in the conversation below!

 

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Classical Music Brings Out The Creative Monster

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Classical music brings out the creative monster.

By Anders Vanderkool

Classical music brings out the creative monster that’s inside you. It helps find that great idea that you came up with at 3 am. That idea you were too lazy to write down. Classical music can help you find that creativity. Certain classical pieces have been shown to increase the brain’s cognitive function and IQ.  This is known as the Mozart Effect. Children learning classical music at a developing age are said to have higher cognitive functions and advanced brain development.

 

“The Mozart effect can refer to: A set of research results indicating that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning;”

The melody draws out the creativity process

The melodies and rhythms of classical music operate independently from each other. Melody is directly related to boosting the creative imagination. Rhythm increases serotonin levels in the brain. Increased serotonin levels boost areas of the brain that are responsible for critical and logical thinking. The cadence of the body can be stimulated through the music’s rhythm. Those cadences can be a heartbeat, walking, or even dancing and they are used to alter the effects of clinical depression and anxiety disorders.

 

The creative monster is alive and well

The melody that engages your creative side of the brain can take you anywhere. It’s an opportunity to develop something new that can take your mind in an alternate direction. A direction, maybe you hadn’t thought of going in. The melody takes you on a journey of ideas. Then there’s the logical side of the brain that problem solves ideas with logic and fact based thinking. In fact, classical music is logical and mathematical in many ways. This is why rhythm synchronizes the patterns of sound that the body creates.

“The melody provides a story line and sound bed for the creative thought to ponder through. The music will dictate the mood”

Good ideas need help sometimes

Sometimes, good ideas are locked inside the subconscious. One way of unlocking those hard to find ideas is by listening to classical music. Good ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes they just require a little help to bring them to the surface. creative monster
In contrast, music with vocal elements, generally will impact concentration levels and act as a distraction. That being said, the effects of music on the brain depend on the activities being performed. If a task requires a more cognitive function, sometimes music can interfere or distract from the task at hand.

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What does classical music do for you?

In closing, classical music can provide you with more focus, memory, and overall ability to concentrate.  It helps bring out the creative monster that sometimes hides inside your head. It can help spark new innovative ideas or bring clarity to an existing problem.

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I want to hear from you!

How has music helped your creative process? What is your favorite genre of music when you’re creating? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. If this post has been helpful to you, please help me in sharing it and subscribing to the blog.

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