Why Daydreaming Might Help You Get Work Done

Why Daydreaming Might Help You Get Work Done

The internet has been cracking up over the Australian newscaster caught daydreaming live on TV.

Although the footage of her freakout is giving us giggles (the face she makes is CLASSIC), she may be onto something: A new study found that people who tend to daydream on their personal time — like, for example, during a break between segments — were actually able to concentrate better when the circumstances called for it.

The study, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, tracked 274 college students and the amount of time they daydreamed over the course of a week, along with the types of thoughts they were having (e.g., fantasizing, worrying about problems, or just thinking about stuff to do). They were then asked to perform a series of tasks in a lab.

Students who showed good “executive functioning” in the lab (a trait that helps you stay focused, organized and remember details better) were actually among those who spent a lot of their own time daydreaming. Those whose minds drifted off while performing tasks in the lab, however, tended to be more worried and anxious in general.

The takeaway? Those study participants who let their minds wander in their free time could re-shift, reprioritize and refocus when it came time to get down to business.

So the next time your brain is being tapped out, take a few moments for yourself and have a think. You just might become the office star.

RELATED: Distraction Overload! 7 Ways to Get Back on Track at Work


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