Cauliflower representing a brain
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There are three networks in our brains:

  1. Default mode network: Spontaneity, wandering mind, ranging interest.
  2. Executive control network: Focus, detail, and analysis.
  3. Salience network: Prioritisation; cognitive traffic direction.

The first two networks are in constant conflict. They pull in different directions. When we are trying to focus on doing a single task, like writing a report, we will notice the sudden desire to distract ourselves with other tasks like writing a personal email to a friend.

According to the report (linked above), creative people are more able to harness the first two networks more effectively.

Do you find yourself more able to stay in network 1 or 2 mode?

Or do you find yourself flitting between the two networks quite comfortably?