I'ts not productive when you are thinking the same thoughts of yesterday. Repeating the same old same old tasks which don't propel you ahead.
To come up with new ideas to implement into your life, business, or relationships, you must make connections between your current purpose and foreign things, people, or places. These are things, people, or places which have not been associated with your current purpose, but may be beneficial if they were.
But where do you find these things, people, or places?
They are out in the real world. As well as in your unconscious; the vault filled with all the information you've put away from your previous experiences.
For new thoughts to arise from the unconscious, either your environment or your emotional state must change.
In order to get your creative juices flowing, you must get yourself "in state", or better said, out of your current state and into a flow of foreign states. You have to let your imagination soar and seek new points of view.
What drives your imagination?
- Music, music activates special regions in your brain. Song lyrics help you disconnect from "work" and helps you imagine new possibilities in life, you get to see vivid images of a foreign environments and people who are not with you at the moment. This allows your mind to create connections between your "work" or current purpose, to foreign things/people/or places.
"Music can also help stimulate our imagination, one of the key components of the creative process. Listening to a song we love or fully immersing ourselves in a piece of beautiful music can shift our mood, create images in our mind, impact our limbic brain and open us up to new ideas."
- Why Music, Part 6: Music and Creativity - Frank Fitzpatrick
(Book: This Is Your Brain on Music.)
- Daydreams, Daydreams also help you get partially out of your current environment and make connections between what you are currently experiencing with what you will or have experienced.
This simultaneous experience of two realities help you create new ideas, making connections between two unrelated things and creating your own unified idea.
New ideas are useless without testing and execution.
Execute on my friends.