John Maeda of MIT has a blog: Maeda’s SIMPLICITY that I look at daily. The latest post discusses his recent experience of attending a scientific conference where the host hotel lacked internet connections. A rather trivial matter on the surface, but one that can cause a disruption in the normal flow of information seeking and subsequent work.
However, instead of kvetching about the loss of connection, he had this to say:
To me, creativity is a combination of defocus and focus. Without the defocusing phase, you would be too clear as to what to achieve; without the focus, you would never execute anything in your life. Doing stuff. Thinking about stuff. The cycle continues. Do for too long, or think for too long, and you can easily get stuck.