We probably all have had times when we have had to step away from a problem before we can solve it. A new study reported in the Telegraph found that when solving problems, distractions can make the process faster. The theory behind this is that non-linear problem solving requires the help of the subconscious mind. When our conscious minds are completely engaged in a problem it drowns out any subconscious thoughts we might have on the subject. Distracting our conscious mind for a moment allows those thoughts to bubble to the surface where we can acknowledge them.
Sure makes me feel better about looking for interesting stories on the Internet when I should be working.