Dreaming, asleep, awake and in LOs LO22910

Bill Braun (medprac@hlthsys.com)
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 06:57:20 -0400

Replying to LO22877 --

>Is there anyone else out there that finds him/herself daydreaming nearly
>all the time? Part of my brain is focused on what I have to do, but it
>seems like another part is always floating around on the fringes thinking
>about everything BUT the task at hand. Or maybe it's not simultaneous but
>I just think it is because I move in and out of daydreaming so frequently.
>I wonder if it's a good thing to be wandering about so much inside one's
>head.............. Harriett.

Hi Harriet,

I have active "off task" thinking going on all the time. For quite some
time I considered this a liability and worried that quality of output
would suffer. I have no way to measure what quality would have been if I
had not been thinking "off task" so I suppose the argument could go both
ways. Whatever the output was, it kept employers happy for 25 some years
and me in business for six going on seven years.

I think it has had one adverse consequence; many people said that when we
were talking they had the impression that I was not mentally "present".
Somethimes people have taken this to be emotionally absent also. I think
"off topic" thinking may have adversely affected listening skills also. In
more recent times I've tried to channel this thinking, making a conserted
effort to "be there" for communication with people. Feedback indicates
I've made some progress.

Bill Braun

The Health Systems Group
- Physician Leadership Training
- Simulation Modeling for Healthcare


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