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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933102691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933102696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book examines how the Einsteins and Edisons of the past found inspiration in their daydreams, why Google, Gore & Associates (Gore-Tex) and 3M give their employees the time and space to daydream and how that has made them some of the most innovative companies in the world.

Dream a Little Dream … When do you get your best ideas? When you’re sitting at your desk striving for an answer, or when you’re doing something off-task like driving, walking, or puttering around the house? Though many of us have sensed the connection between daydreaming and creativity, recent scientific studies are combining with an abundance of anecdotal evidence to establish that when daydreaming we are in our most creative state of mind, tapping into and connecting complex regions of the brain. … Amy Fries’s new book Daydreams at Work: Wake Up Your Creative Powers (Capital Books, 2009) shows you how to tap into your daydreams for ideas, energy, solutions, and motivation for both work and life.


Daydreams At Work: Wake Up Your Creative Powers by Amy Fries is the book for anyone who wants to tap into their creative or meditative powers. Amy takes the guilt out of being a day-dreamer (How many of us have been told to get up and do something productive?) by making the reader realize that daydream time can be the most productive of all because it is where ideas are born and mature. Artists, musicians, writers, inventors, discoverers, and all the people who have changed the world are inspired by daydreams. And the author tells you how to encourage your best daydreams, how companies have achieved great success by allowing dream-time for their employees, and how you can make your daydreams come into fruitful reality. This book is a tool to making your dreams become reality and to achieving a totally fulfilling life, reaching your imagined potential. Get it today.

Amy Fries asks us to daydream. What an invitation! She legitimizes “living the dream” with an engaging tour of how famous brains used daydreams (Mozart’s, Jung’s, Einstein’s, others), how hers does, what brain scans reveal, and she encourages readers to get lost ... and then found ... in their dreams. Dream new dreams and transform them into reality, writes Fries, because “the middle distance” is the wellspring of creativity. Fries writes with authority, charm, and humor and asks intriguing questions: “If we dream of being celebrities, what do celebrities dream about?” But, beware train commuters: If you wish to disembark at your regular stop, wait until you get home to begin reading Daydreams at Work.

“I daydream; I always have, but I never thought to analyze how it works. Amy Fries has unraveled the mystery of it. Daydreams at Work offers an abundance of great stories, the science of daydreams, and a practical approach to harnessing your creativity through the most common of daily practices. The book is fascinating and affirming; it has inspired me to daydream even more!”

“Amy Fries kicks daydreaming out of the closet and shows how great innovators—Einstein and Steve Jobs—and innovative companies—3M and Google—used daydreaming to their advantages. Her skillful blend of scientific evidence, practical applications, and subtle wit convinces you that daydreaming sparks and enriches creativity whether you work in an office, a science lab, or a writer’s studio. Daydreams at Work takes you to the “middle distance,” an energy-producing and visionary place.”

“Daydreams at Work is an inspiring book about tapping into creativity and free thinking—which is where your best ideas come from. It’s books like this that get people into the right frame of mind to not only create better lives for themselves—but to change the world!”



“Daydreaming states are very valuable in that they facilitate creative problem solving"

About the Author

AMY FRIES is a respected writer and editor whose articles and essays on lifestyle and workplace issues, psychology, and travel have been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, trade publications, literary journals, anthologies, and websites. She began her research into daydreaming and its connection to creativity while working on her masters in writing at Johns Hopkins University. Amy has also taught literature and composition at George Mason University and continues her work as senior editor at Capital Books, where she helps other authors develop their dreams and ideas. Amy lives with her husband, Mark, and her daughters, Gretchen and Rachel, in Annandale, Virginia.

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I found this book to be very enlightening and well written.
MaryMac
Amy Fries has opened our eyes to the powerful and creative effects of daydreaming.
MLE
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, regardless of their job or interests.
Reisen

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reisen on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book really inspires creativity and success! I really love knowing that I can use my daydreams to brainstorm ideas and find new paths to my goals. "Daydreams at Work" is an entertaining read, full of success stories and information about daydreams and the power they hold. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, regardless of their job or interests. It really proves that daydreaming can benefit anyone from the office to everyday life. Very well written--definitely worth buying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MaryMac on May 2, 2009
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I found this book to be very enlightening and well written. The author makes her subject of daydreams and their usefulness both accessible for practical work applications but also enjoyable to contemplate.

For anyone who has ever had imaginative thoughts and or daydreams this book is a great way to put your brain power to positive use in the workplace and for your general success and empowerment. This is a must read in these tough times !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Pettus MD, FACP, ABIHM on May 9, 2009
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Daydreams at work is a thoughtful, well-researched read that examines the nature of daydreams as a window to the creative wellspring that lurks beneath the surface of our limited consciousness. This is a fascinating topic and a singular effort on the subject of daydreams. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating dimension of life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on May 18, 2009
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Daydreams At Work: Wake Up Your Creative Powers by Amy Fries is the book for anyone who wants to tap into their creative or meditative powers. Amy takes the guilt out of being a day-dreamer (How many of us have been told to get up and do something productive?) by making the reader realize that daydream time can be the most productive of all because it is where ideas are born and mature. Artists, musicians, writers, inventors, discoverers, and all the people who have changed the world are inspired by daydreams. And the author tells you how to encourage your best daydreams, how companies have achieved great success by allowing dream-time for their employees, and how you can make your daydreams come into fruitful reality. This book is a tool to making your dreams become reality and to achieving a totally fulfilling life, reaching your imagined potential. Get it today
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bunni Books on May 13, 2009
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Finally something that reaffirms what I believed but kind of felt bad about doing--daydreaming at work. I felt like a slacker even though I often would jot down ideas or remember things that would help with a current project after taking a mental break. Glad to know that I'm not alone-- that I can be productive and even perhaps more healthy by de-stressing through daydreams.
I was really impressed by the amount of research presented here as well as the personal anecdotes that made it all very real, very relatable. All in all a fun and informative read. Any good boss worth their weight in TPS reports should hand copies out to their employees.
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More About the Author

Amy Fries is an award-winning writer and editor whose articles and essays on lifestyle and workplace issues, psychology, and travel have been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and literary journals.

She is the author of DAYDREAMS AT WORK: WAKE UP YOUR CREATIVE POWERS, a 2010 Finalist in the Self-Help category of the National Indie Excellence Awards and a Finalist for "BEST NEW NONFICTION," in the 2009 National Best Book Awards.

Amy is also a regular PsychologyToday.com blogger and has written numerous articles on health and wellness for the website, AchieveSolutions.net. Her short story "Eating My Heart" is featured in the anthology ENHANCED GRAVITY: MORE FICTION BY WASHINGTON AREA WOMEN.

Amy began her research into daydreaming and creativity while getting her masters in writing at Johns Hopkins University; she received her B.A. in writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught writing and literature at George Mason University and continues her work as a writer and editor, helping other authors develop their dreams and ideas.

For more information, visit her blog at www.PsychologyToday.com/blog/the-power-daydreaming.

Amy is available for interviews on the topic of daydreams and daydreaming.

You can reach her from her bio page on Psychology Today or via her Facebook page for Daydreams at Work.

You can also connect with her by searching her name on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.