Clive Thompson argues that Idling Mind is Important for Innovation . He recommends day dreaming and explains how the brain works when you day dream. He says it mind wandering is a very involved task.
I could not agree more.
The industrial age generation brought on the gene of focussing on the task, organizing our thoughts and mental thinking process. As a result we lost out unstructured time and unstructured thinking, not allowing our brain to create and search its own patterns or do the regular processing of information.
So you want to be innovative? Go ahead take your long pending vacation, or at least go for a coffee break with someone who is not professionally related. Choose your own length and frequency of break, but take it regularly.
Remember Archemedis got his ‘Eureka’ moment when he was relaxing in a bathtub.