Apparently doing boring activities benefits creativity. New research highlighted in the New Yorker reveals that daydreaming or put another way, letting your mind wander, is productive. Though the researchers found you are better off doing a mindless task while incubating solutions as opposed to sitting alone and focusing on the problem.
“We always assume that you get more done when you’re consciously paying attention to a problem,” Schooler told me. “That’s what it means, after all, to be ‘working on something.’ But this is often a mistake. If you’re trying to solve a complex problem, then you need to give yourself a real break, to let the mind incubate the problem all by itself. We shouldn’t be so afraid to actually take some time off.”