If you read about some of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history what you’ll find is that they often occur not in a lab or during focused thought and study, but when the scientist or innovator was taking a break.
Research backs up the importance of mental breaks. Researchers found that a particular set of scattered brain regions consistently became less active when someone concentrated on a mental challenge but began to fire in synchrony when someone was simply lying in an fMRI scanner, letting their thoughts wander. More research documented the same kind of coordinated communication between different brain regions in people who were resting. Many researchers were at first doubtful, but further studies by other scientists confirmed that the findings were not a fluke.
In other words, the brain is anything but idle when resting. Mental breaks allow the brain to make sense of what it has learned.
So often we push and push and push thinking that if we push hard enough, we can eek out whatever it is we’re trying to write/create/build. But downtime is essential to creativity. Pushing harder often makes whatever creativity we had in the first-place retreat even farther, further frustrating us and driving us crazy.
Do you build breaks into your day for your mind? Times where you just sit still and let the mind wander? Breaks are essential if you ever want to be a powerhouse. So the next time you take a mini-break, instead of scrolling FB or Instagram, just sit and look outside and let your mind wander. You might be surprised at the great ideas that pop up.
I was assigned this book in grad school by my mentor Mary Kogen.
Seeing as how it was a music class for aspiring teachers, it didn’t
make much sense why she had assigned this book except for the fact
that Benjamin Zander is a conductor. When I asked why this book
she replied, “We teach who we are. If you are not a good person,
you won’t be a good teacher.”
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read this book since then because I love it so much. It has made me a better person. It will make you a better person too. The stories are incredible, and once you read them, you’ll never forget them.
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