for subscribers

Plan to get unfocused - How doodling and daydreaming can tap into the creative genius in you

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
An illustration. Image by Erica Lewis via Unsplash
An illustration. Image by Erica Lewis via Unsplash

It all comes down to the way the brain works. When we're focused, we use a part of the brain called the frontoparietal cortex.

Psychiatrist and brain researcher Dr Srini Pillay, who is the author of Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind, describes this part as a flashlight which has a strong, but narrow, beam that allows you to focus on the task at hand. What it doesn't allow you to do, is see the bigger picture - the information that's more easily brought to the brain's attention during periods of unfocus.

READ MORE | How badly is social media affecting women's confidence? Local content creator Oyama Botha gets real

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Voting Booth
What are you most looking forward to buying this Black Friday?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
It looks like the pandemic is still far from over, so more loungewear
17% - 25 votes
The lockdown has made me want to invest more in homeware and furniture, so I'll be adding those to my Black Friday cart
25% - 38 votes
I'm going to use it to get a headstart on Christmas gifting
38% - 57 votes
Footwear is all about comfort this year, so definitely sneakers
13% - 20 votes
It's a good time to get discounted wigs and other beauty essentials
7% - 10 votes