In a recent article at Inc.com Geil Browning, PhD, Founder and CEO, Emergenetics International, outlines some key principles to keep your brain innovative.
The problem with being “crazy busy” is that it does not allow freewheeling thought.
Tim Kreider wrote recently in The New York Times that there is a default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” And that “busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness”. His article entitled “The ‘Busy’ Trap” points out: “History is full of stories of inspirations that come in idle moments and dreams. It almost makes you wonder whether loafers, goldbricks, and no-accounts aren’t responsible for more of the world’s great ideas, inventions, and masterpieces than the hardworking.”
According to Dr. Browning “Working incessantly is counterproductive. Our brains can handle only so much. You can stay longer if your boss asks, but after six hours, all he’s really got left is a butt in a chair.
Although corporate America has not gotten the message, there is mountains of evidence that working longer hours does not produce better work”.
So what can you do to work smarter, prevent burnout, and make sure your brain is always open to inspiration?