We just read an excellent article on creativity by Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Researchers have found that “people are more creative after they have been daydreaming or letting their minds wander” and that the biggest obstacle to creativity is being too busy.
So many high achieving high school students these days are overloaded with homework and activities that they don’t have time to daydream or let their minds wander. One of the first things we do when we work with students is to look at their schedule in detail so we can help them eliminate activities that are unnecessary. That way they can focus on what’s truly important.
A few years ago, one of our students gave us a 17-page resume! He always seemed to be carrying a huge load on his shoulders, and in the end he did not get into the college of his dreams. Colleges are flooded with thousands of applications from highly ambitious students, but very few who are truly creative. And even fewer who put their original ideas into action.
Allowing creativity to flourish in your life brings happiness and success in unexpected ways, so allow yourself the time to daydream!