I want you to waste time. Yep, you heard right. You should waste some of your time.
However I don’t want you to just sit on your arse [Sorry Anna, I promise that I won’t use too many bad words] doing nothing but be a couch potato.
No, what you should be doing is relaxing. Do something that you take pleasure in. Something simple. Something like a long hot bath. Doing some weeding in the garden. Have a gentle stroll around the local park. Or just sit in the garden and watch the clouds and day dream.
Don’t watch TV, use your computer, or play video games. Switch off the mobile phone, don’t browse the web on your smart phone, don’t peek to see what tweets you’ve got in the last 15 minutes.
The aim is to stimulate your alpha brain waves. When you brain is producing alpha waves you are in a more creative mode. You are more likely to do some free association. Ideas will pop into your head which you can throw away or mull over and toss around. Out of this you might get some insight into a problem that you have been concentrating on, or you might just break through the brick wall that you’ve been hitting your head against, or you could decide to do something that you’ve put off for ages.
You can use this technique at home to just come up with ideas to write a blog post about or you could use it at work if your job requires you to think such as a creative or scientific job, or even if you are trying to write a report for your boss.
The important thing is to realise when you are daydreaming or to actively find time to daydream. Daydreaming through a boring lecture is not the right thing to do as that is just switching off your brain. Use the period to play with the thoughts floating around your brain and remember them so that you can use something from the experience when you finish your daydream.
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