Sometimes doing nothing is the best way to create something great: The creative process isn’t just about work; it’s about rest.
Your mind needs time to recuperate, recover, be restored. It does that through sleep and daydreaming—doing nothing.
That means staring off into space, looking out the window, letting your mind wander, dozing off to sleep, not thinking.
That’s when your mind is connecting the dots, forming new ideas, dreaming dreams. It’s when your thoughts go beyond thinking, and you’re unconsciously creating magic, in your subconscious, seeing concepts you could never see while fully conscious.
That’s the mystery of creating.
We are better able to see when our eyes aren’t focused. When our minds are cloudy clarity strikes. For, when we rest, our brains rework our work.
Winston Churchill understood that. He was one of the most prolific creators ever, and he took an hour every afternoon to sit somewhere and doze off with a cigar pinched in his lips.
Yes, take your vacations and play, explore, and see. And, of course, sleep well, getting at least eight hours a night. But that’s not the rest I’m talking about here.
You need to take short breaks.
Like Churchill (but maybe without the cigar), allow yourself a little regular break to unplug during the day to let your eyes glaze over and your mind roam. Don’t think about what you’re working on, deadlines, anything. Think about nothing.
And you will find your energy returning, creativity bursting, and ideas flowing.
Magic will happen.