Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming, and then mentally scolded yourself for wasting time? Well, next time, don’t be so hard on yourself. My guest today is here to explain why wasting time isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, he says it’s necessary for creativity, self-identity, and overall health.
Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech. One of the first people to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities at MIT, Alan is the author of five novels, two collections of essays, a book-length narrative poem, and several books on science. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages.
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His new book is In Praise of Wasting Time, and he joins the show today to share the truth about the importance of downtime. Listen in to learn how to make sure you give yourself the mental breaks you need and why we should all be wasting time every day.
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- Why Alan says life in today’s society is unhealthy.
- What’s responsible for the decrease in creativity over the years.
- The problem with not letting our minds wander freely.
- Activities that can engage your background processing to promote creativity and help you problem-solve.
- The healthy habit Alan recommends everyone adopt to improve creativity and self-identity.
- What companies have done to improve productivity and efficiency among employees.
- The major problem with the “time is money” mindset.
- Advice for balancing downtime with consciously productive time.
- Tips for those who want to think more effectively.
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