Studies have shown that an idle brain is more likely to come up with new ideas. Yet, we often feel that we need more focus.
Try taking mental breaks from e-mail and deadlines and let your mind wander. The breaks can be critical to remaining creative and open to fresh ideas.
You can take a short break during a hectic day or you can opt for a longer, creative sabbatical over a week, month, or a year.
Regardless of the duration, be sure you are giving your mind needed space to think for the long term and big picture.