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Positive Constructive Daydreaming is Awesome and Crochet Can Help!

We’ve all been there. We really need to work on something else (like doing our taxes, cleaning up, organising holiday plans or, you know, work) but our fingers are itching to pick up that crochet project we’ve been hooking away at.

If you’re like me, you feel the need to justify it to yourself when you want to forgo doing what you should be doing, in favour of what you want to be doing. And if that justification is based in science, all the better!

Without further ado, I bring you Positive Constructive Daydreaming: the justification we’ve all been waiting for!

What is it?

In a nutshell Positive Constructive Daydreaming (PCD) is the concept of allowing your mind to wander. But more than that, it’s when you allow yourself to dwell on positive topics like future planning, creativity, attentional cycling (when you allow yourself the time to process information and make connections) and dishabituation (taking a break from a task to renew your energy supplies).

This isn’t the type of daydreaming where you find yourself trapped in a downward spiral of self-doubt and guilt, nor the type of daydreaming you do when you’re so bored and unmotivated by a task that you simply can’t focus on it. Those types of daydreams offer very few benefits. So cut it out. I mean it!

But PCD has proven to be very valuable as it can help you solve problems and think creatively. Basically it helps your brain make connections between bits and pieces of information, and allows you to simulate future events. All good stuff!

But what has this got to do with crochet?

I saved the best bit for last! According to some research done in 2012, low-key activities like knitting, crochet or really any type of craft that isn’t too complex, can help get you into the mood for some PCD.

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Sophie’s Universe maybe isn’t the best option for a simple crochet project to get you into PCD… but isn’t she pretty?

 

And PCD has been shown to be so beneficial, the Harvard Business Review even makes a case for including it (and a scheduled nap!) into your daily routine.

Doesn’t that sound perfect? It totally justifies you taking your crochet project into work and stopping for crochet breaks every so often. If your boss asks you what you’re doing, simply say:

“I’m improving my abstract cognitive functions by engaging in positive constructive daydreaming which will allow me to solve problems and plan for the future more efficiently and creatively.”

If you can get that spiel down, you’ll sound so smart I don’t think anyone would dare to question you. If not, you can simply say: “I’m planning for the future damnit, let me be!”. If you say either one with enough force, I think you’d get away with it!

PCD = WIN WIN

I’d love to hear how your PCD pitch to your boss, kids or significant other goes 😀 so comment below!

And do share with your other crafty friends. I’m sure they also feel the need to justify their craft habit on occasion.

Katie

5 thoughts on “Positive Constructive Daydreaming is Awesome and Crochet Can Help!

  1. I do this all the time. Did I just admit I sit around daydreaming all the time? When I want to start a new crochet project, I think about it first. I make plans in my head. Sometimes, I just sit in my office (at home) and look at my yarn and just ‘think’ about how I want my item to look and what stitches I need to do to achieve what I see in my head. I’ve always believed this practice was crucial but now I can give it a name: PCD! Next time anyone catches me doing it, I’ll just shake my head and say PCD, that’s what I’m doing. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful and thoughtful post! It’s great to have a term, now, to express some of the psychological benefits of knitting and crocheting. Your post is so spot on – I never feel more like my batteries have been recharged than after a little bit of time with my yarn. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Shirley! When I was reading about PCD in the HBR I could relate to how crochet helps spur my creativity gives me time to ponder things happening in work and life. It also really calms me down. I find it really beneficial, and I know many other who use their crafting time as a time to reflect on life. Who knows, maybe one day we can create a crafting revolution in the name of PCD, and we can all start taking our projects to work. One can dream!

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