I’ve been reading a lot about consciousness and neural plasticity I keep coming across this rather non-obvious concept: the absolutely critical importance of doing nothing.
That just seems wrong, doesn’t it? Aren’t we supposed to be working all the time?
It turns out that plenty of sleep and spending some waking time everyday just being in the world with no preconceived goal is not only good for you – it actually enhances your ability to solve problems through creative thinking.
Creativity and problem solving require making new connections both literally and figuratively. Literal as in new neuronal connections, figurative as in making new cross-disciplinary connections between different paradigms.
Want to be more creative, or break out of rigid thinking?
Go out and do nothing.