For the longest time I actively worked against daydreaming because I saw it as the opposite of productivity. Every time my eyes started to cloud over with fluffy fantasies I would snap myself out of it and get back to “real” work.
Well, as they say, “Be careful what you wish for.”
It was at the beginning of this year that I noticed my self-discipline really taking hold because once I stopped the daydreaming, I got really focused on practical work. So much so that I never took breaks and sometimes went two or three hours without getting up from my computer or taking even a sip of water!
Surprise, surprise, it all caught up with me.
Sure I’ve been productive as all hell but I’ve learned that it’s nothing without some reflection. Not only do we really need to reflect in order to improve oneself and check in but also to acknowledge the work and achievements that have been going on.
And, duh – reflection and self-checks all happen in the daydreaming realm.
By shutting out daydreaming I haven’t been shutting out pointless thought webs, I’ve been stifling my brain’s way of sorting and healing. Not only that but I’ve stopped it from refreshing itself by adventuring and exploring.
And the worst part is that as a Creative (capital C) I can’t believe that I ever thought that was a good idea. How dare I try and stifle my Creative brain! It’s literally my money maker and how I make my living – writing the blog, creative marketing, and, most importantly, working through people’s questions doubts and helping find creative solutions.
Daydreams are where the imagination goes searching for the next idea and the answer to current questions. At times these derailments may look like innocuous jaunts down Ryan Reynolds Lane but eventually, if we let them run a little longer, they just might take us to Breakthrough Avenue.
And since cutting off this free flow of ideas I feel as though I have an injured muscle. Even though I’m letting the daydreams take me away again, I’m rehabilitating slowly.
In other words, I’ve been off my game. You may have noticed that I didn’t post last week. Don’t be fooled. This has been going on a lot longer than that, it’s just that it hadn’t affected my post writing yet because I had a stockpile of ideas from months ago.
And now, since I’ve figured out my problem, I’m back in business – literally! Mercury is flying forward and so am I. Ideas are flowing and solutions are no longer floating somewhere beyond my reach and I vow to my Creative Spirit to never shut out daydreams again.
—-well, not never; a girl’s gotta work sometimes too!
The point is, daydreams are rich with ideas and to stifle them is to block your full creative power and potential. Never fool yourself into thinking that they are the enemy, as I did. You’ll only block yourself further and perhaps miss out on your big aha.
So, how are you letting your creativity flow these days? Have you ever had an epiphany through a daydream? What was it? I’d love to hear i the comments.
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