We spend a lot of time daydreaming. This time isn’t wasted, in the same time that sleeping isn’t a waste of time. Daydreaming is a part of a healthy mind, but there are ways to make daydreaming even more healthy.
Take time to daydream
We want to maximize the benefits of daydreaming
Think of how often we spend daydreaming. It’s a lot of time, especially when we think about how long we’ll spend not just in a day but over the course of our lives. If we can make the most of our time daydreaming, we’ll benefit.
Our brains are analyzing our situations when we daydream
Most of what we daydream about has to do with our lives. This is because when we daydream your brains are analyzing how to make us most successful. Our brains are trying out different strategies and seeing where they might make us end up.
We spend more time than we realize thinking on automatic
Our brains can analyze the future or the past
When they analyze the future it’s seeing how we should act. When they analyze the past they’re seeing how they should have acted.
There is no point dwelling on the past
Thinking of the future allows us to direct ourselves. Thinking of the past allows us to analyze the lessons we learned. There’s a limit to how much information we can get from the past though. Dwelling occurs when we’ve already got all the information available, but continue to think about something anyway.
Preparing to make the right decision
Daydreaming about the future lets us plan ahead
The moment we begin daydreaming about a goal we want to achieve, our brains analyze all the ways of getting us there. This means that when a situation happens we’ll be able to more automatically respond in a way that’s likely to bring us to that goal. The hard work of thinking has already been done during our spare time before, so that when it matters we can make the right decision.
Focus on the future
If we find ourselves dwelling on the past, we should refocus on our future goals then let our brains go back on autopilot. With time, we’ll begin to automatically focus on future planning during our spare mental moments. This will improve our long-term successes.