Resisting distractions seems like an intuitive way to be more productive, yet research shows that excessive focus exhausts your brain.
To tap into your “default mode network” — an unfocused state in which your brain activates old memories, enhances self-awareness, and imagines creative solutions — use positive constructive daydreaming.
- I begin a low-key activity, like cycling or gardening , and allow my mind to wander.
- But don’t simply slip into a daydream or rehash old worries. Instead, imagine something playful, like running through the woods.
- Hold the wishful image in your mind while continuing the low-key activity. In this unfocused state, your mind will recharge, connect ideas, and even find long-lost memories.
The associations your mind makes during positive constructive daydreaming should enhance your sense of self, making you a more confident leader.
So when I’m out on the Pennine hills cycling with Alastair & Mark , or digging my garden I’m really working hard recharging my mind.