Our constant state of busy is hurting our brains. Our phones, computers, and binge-watching all those television shows might be doing more harm than good.
The idea is to balance linear thinking—which requires intense focus—with creative thinking, which is borne out of idleness. Switching between the two modes seems to be the optimal way to do good, inventive work.
Over the past few decades we have consumed more and more information, making it harder for our brains to switch from being busy to being creative.
Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work.