Studies suggest we get our most original and creative thoughts when we daydream. When we are bored we end up daydreaming and our mind wanders to seek stimulation. You tap into your subconscious, which comes up with connections and solutions that go beyond the bounds of rationality.
Next time you need to think outside the box, go slowly through a tedious task, which might free the inventive part of your brain just enough to spark an aha moment.
Or try one of these mostly mindless activities:
- Take a walk around the block
- Sort your junk drawer