A recent article in the Harvard Business Review caught my attention by suggesting that digital devices diminish our creativity by distracting us from an essential mental process: day dreaming.
The article, by Josh Davis, goes on to suggest that “our brains need opportunities to be 'off,' which is hard when we are constantly taking in new information through our devices.” Research shows that letting our minds drift off on a daydream actually stimulates creativity and long-term strategic thinking.
For me, some of the best time for creative thinking is in the car, where I cannot respond to emails or texts. That windshield time is actually a blessing, assuming the traffic isn’t horrible. It allows my mind time to wander, ponder, and pray to God.
I know that some of you commute daily to your place of employment. Why not try this – turn off the radio, silence the phone, and allow God to allow you to ponder your plans for the day, your hopes for the month, your dreams for the year. Allow God to subtly nudge you into how to make your life richer in relationships, stronger in terms of resilience, and focused on finding and sharing blessings.
I find it essential to have a digital recorder right at my fingertips, as ideas, once they start to flow, come in a torrent and are easy to forget.