August 18, 2010

How Can Undirected Work Be Productive?

Posted in Warm-Up tagged , at 9:03 am by Rebecca Hein

If you sit at your desk, idly twirling a pencil, how could you justify that behavior to your boss? If you work on an assembly line, or otherwise produce a material product on a set schedule, then likely you couldn’t argue that you’re accomplishing something.

The rules of creativity are different. Every musician knows that the real battle is in expressing the subtle nuances of emotion. Likewise in writing. How do you capture the deepest moments of human experience; those which are nearly impossible to put into words?

It can be done, but not through known avenues of productivity. Daydreaming, on the other hand, can lead us in surprising new directions.

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1 Comment »

  1. It’s so true that daydreaming, as well as the ones we have at night, can be a great source of ideas. Just as Ray Charles’ song, What I Say, came from the need to fill the last 10 minutes from a gig, so daydreaming can produce some excellent results. Some of my ideas come from listening to electronic music. Without words to get in the way, I can play Klaus Schulze’s Picture Music or Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene and drift off into realms of imagination unobtainable from mundain situations. Kraftwerk’s first 3 albums also take my mind far from the dullness of daily life. As for productivity, daydreams are only useless if you don’t do anything with them.


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