Lawyers are among the nation’s biggest daydreamers with eight in 10 claiming that regular daydreams help improve their performance at work, a survey conducted by hotel chain Travelodge claims.
The study of 2,000 British workers concluded that on average lawyers daydream four times during their working day, with each daydream lasting four minutes and two seconds. Nearly 30 per cent claimed that they used daydream to help resolve a work problem, while a quarter confessed to daydreaming about making love and a further quarter thinking about going on holiday.
More than a third (36 per cent) of respondents in the law reckoned they had become so engrossed in a daydream that they have said the wrong thing in a business meeting, with a further 15 per cent going further to confess that had made a “big mistake” at work as a result.
However more than half of the lawyers polled revealed their ambitious side by claiming to use daydreaming as a technique to visualise being involved in future business success at work. A fifth reportedly “sneaking off to their car” during the working day so that they can daydream in peace.
According to psychologist Corinne Sweet: “We process emotions, thoughts and ideas through daydreaming, and, as long as we keep in touch with reality, a few minutes of dreamy mental absence can problem solve, turn on a creative light bulb or simply relieve the stress of a busy day.”
Marketeers, bankers and estate agents were also found to be keen daydreamers, with a fifth of those polled saying they are often caught daydreaming by their colleagues.