I'm curious to know, how do your ideas hit you? Which situations are most conducive to clear thinking?
Personally, my best thinking is done with some form of mild brain stimulation. For instance, I've gotten a lot of my ideas while riding a lawnmower--just enough of a task to keep the wheels turning without absorbing too much brain power. I also find that some mild exercise helps the inspiration flow. Enough exercise to enable the blood to circulate through the ole' cranium, but not so much that my lungs steal all my oxygen. (that's my theory, anyway) I've discovered that when I'm deep in thought I start to pace without even noticing it, especially if my thoughts are exciting. So now, if I need to work out a problem, or come up with an outline, or develop a method to increase the nation's energy efficiency, I just pace, often with something in my hand to fumble with (brain stimulation) such as my keys.
Wow, that was long-winded. Now, how about you guys?
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