A survey from Monster.com found that two-thirds of working adults spend notable amount of time to daydream about having a different job. While this might seem harmless, dreaming about working in different role could be a sign that many employees are unfulfilled with their current position. Among common reasons of this phenomenon are because they feel underemployed or do not find the jobs challenging anymore. They might also have a toxic workplace or deal with difficult supervisor.
Not only about having new job, many workers also daydream about their current situation or even personal life while in a meeting or during their working hours. Thus, does daydreaming give bad impact to either company or productivity?
Eclipse Technoconsulting cited that “daydreaming might appear to be a waste of time. However, projects which are guided by rich imagination often run into fewer problems. Even while not looking at anything in particular, daydreamer is granted with an incalculably valuable vision.” Giant company like Google allows its employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time at office daydreaming. Hence, daydreaming might not harm company or workers. It will benefit them, instead.
According to Georgia Institute of Technology study, daydreaming is a sign of cleverness. Eric Schumacher, Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and co-author of the study, said that “people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.” It implies that those who are more frequent daydreaming have higher score on intellectual and creative ability. The findings of the study also revealed that absent-minded individual who is off on his own world, sometimes oblivious to their own surroundings. “School children – for example – who are too intellectually advanced for their classes. While it may take five minutes for their friends to learn something new, they figure it out in a minute then check out and start daydreaming”, added Schumacher.
Moreover, Wellbe survey agreed that daydreaming can add more creativity to individuals who did it. It also helps them visualise a bigger solution by gaining new perspective on problem or linking to previously disjointed thought to come up with an original idea. Needless to say, you can access better and more unique ideas by allowing your mind to disconnect to everyday life or work routine. Another study from LiveScience also found that wandering mind is a stated where you can refocus to your task and be more productive than ever before.
Cristine Dell-Amore shared five fun facts about daydreaming that you probably never heard of:
- As you get older, you daydream less – Daydreaming is about anticipating the future. For example, young you often have “power fantasies” if you become a superhero. And yet – as you get older, the amount of time you spend daydreaming decreases because probably the future shrinks.
- When you are daydreaming, you will forget what you are doing – The type of daydreaming affects how much you forget current activity. For instance, you are asked to daydream about your childhood home. The further you back in time with your daydreaming, the bigger forgetting effect you’ll feel.
- Daydreaming turns off other parts of the brain – You have two parts of brain, analytic one and emphatic one. When your mind wander, it naturally cycles through different modes of thinking. During this time, your brain tends to turn each other off.
- Your brain (not your mind) controls your daydreams – When you daydreaming, your brain naturally fluctuates in certain ways. Thus, it shape the structure of your daydreaming.
- Daydreaming makes you creative – Many studies have proved that daydreaming can improve creativity. It is because daydreams give you insight of wisdom which oftentimes, gives you solutions to problems that you have not considered before.