“Snap out of it!”
These words — whether uttered by a spouse, a boss, or a critical inner voice — have stirred many an entrepreneur out of an inspirational reverie.
Many people, accustomed to the hectic pace of work and life, look down on daydreaming, brainstorming and reveries as wastes of time. To some extent, these people have a point: dreaming that yields no action can be counterproductive, and listening to the escapist fantasies of people who dream but never execute is exhausting.
But if done the right way, taking time to think — daydreaming, if you will — can yield valuable benefits. Bill Gates is known to take “think weeks,” during which he isolates himself in a remote locations, eschewing electronic devices for books and notepads. The Greek mathematician Archimedes is fabled to have solved a tough problem form King Heron II only after a dip in the tub steered his thoughts toward buoyancy (Google it).
So, how does one reap the benefits of letting his mind wander while remaining grounded enough to act on the inspirations that come his way?
I’m no Bill Gates, but I have come across a couple of good methods: