Of course you are going to say that you don’t waste time with day- dreaming. But the psychologists contend that people spend somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than their function at the moment.
It is apparent that unless there is a deliberate, concentrated focus on something, the mind slips into review of past experiences, the immediate concerns of everyday life, and planning for the future.
Instead of being a worthless distraction, it now appears to be an essential human activity. It is the spontaneous thoughts that we have while day-dreaming that enables us to feel useful, vibrant and engaged. It keeps the brain active and in readiness to respond to the next challenge.
One of the advantages of day-dreaming is that you can engage in a trial action without any consequences. Also, it may provide a way to diffuse anger and arrive at a reasonable way to deal with an undesirable situation.
In a positive way, some day-dreamers experience new and surprising thought connections that lead to creativity. It allows the brain to combine pieces of information in a new unique way. Albert Einstein was one of the very successful day-dreamers. This creative genius imagined himself running alongside a light wave, a fantasy that ultimately led to his theory of relativity. So how might we take best advantage of this mental phenomenon? One way is to be conscious of it as a resource. Then carry a supply of index cards and be ready to make note of unusual thoughts that may otherwise be forgotten.
Now armed with this information, you can be comfortable dreaming on while harvesting the creative insights from your resourceful reveries.