Contrary to what one might think, we often have our most creative ideas when we’re most relaxed.
When you’re over-worked and highly stressed, it’s nearly impossible to come up with original ideas because your focus is very narrow and your brain doesn’t connect seemingly disparate ideas in new ways.
On the other hand, when you let your mind wander, you give your subconscious mind the time and space to find novel solutions to your creative puzzles.
As such, daydreaming is an important tool in an artist’s weaponry.
That said, coming up with novel ideas is only one half of creativity.
The other half of creativity is execution, bringing your novel ideas to life.
You might have a brilliant, original idea, but that idea has to be crafted into a coherent, powerful and resonant work of art which requires hyper-focus.
As such, creativity has two phases.
The first phase is daydreaming, allowing your mind to freely make new connections and come up with fresh, novel ideas.
The second phase of creativity is being hyper-focused, taking massive action toward bringing your novel ideas to life.