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