Where do you go to think and work?
What are the places (other than your home or office) where you go to get things done?
I walk along the coast. I do my best thinking when I'm walking. My lunch during the week is a 45min walk and on the weekends I walk at least one of the days. Without this, I would be useless....well...diminished at the least ;-)
When I really want to get things done, especially designing or thinking through persistent problems, I go to the nearby sauna. It's the perfect place to think without interruption, while relaxing at the same time. And best of all: my client understands the importance of getting into 'the zone' and allows me to write these hours as work hours !!!
Swimming pool for me, nothing like lane swimming to put one's mind in neutral.. ommmm.
Out to the garden. An hour of weeding makes a fine background for thinking about architectural issues.
Never underestimate the power of the Bathroom Epiphany(TM).
I used to have the most incredible ideas while mowing the lawn. New inventions, new software ideas, new business ideas, story ideas (I have a degree in playwriting also).
I solve all problems on the toilet, no shit.
lying in bed when i'm trying to go to sleep. it's where i've made most important decisions too.
Christian G. Warden
I used to work with a guy, a very devout christian, who claimed he prayed to Jesus for the Answer, and "by golly" it would come to him, and he was a pretty good developer so it must have worked.
Lace on the running shoes and head out through the park under the dappled shade, or along the clifftop path above the crashing waves. That's what I do.
It's interesting how many of these 'places to think' are actually places to 'emty the mind.' Perhaps it's more important in life to not think than to think.
I think in the bath. Very long baths with lavender flavoured bubble stuff in it.
Despite the winky face, I think Mark has a serious point there. I do my actual thinking at my desk, at home as well as at work (consider this boring if you like :-) ). But when I am really stuck with a problem, I sometimes find it is best not to actively "think" about it at all, but just relax and focus on something different and let the subconcious parts of my brain take over.
Personally I prefer being distracted in bed, rather than at the office, each to their own.
simon - i was going to post to ask whether being "sidetracked or distracted" at work included reading posts about women in bubblebaths but thought better of it.
Oh, for heaven's sake!
Yes, too rig...mmmm girls...ht, Kate.
sorry, KatIE. *sigh*
I go swimming but I do'nt think while I do it, usually I swim until I am physically tired and mentally relaxed. After that my mind can sometimes work out stuff on autopilot.
"this is why people should prefer hiring girls as developers. We don't have to stop working every thirty seconds to think about sex...] "
Ben - "I solve all problems on the toilet, no shit"
Knitting is another good mind-emptying activity. Simple stuff that you don't need to look at a pattern, done with good wool that feels great running through your fingers. And socks, hats, or kid's stuff can fit in a backpack outer pocket for a knitting break in the cube. Plus you end up with nice stuff to give people (or yourself).
DB: 'Ben - "I solve all problems on the toilet, no shit"
I think that we're saying any familiar, comfortable activity that doesn't actively engage the mind in thought (except to control bodily functions like pumping the arms for swimming, or breathing if you're sitting in the bath).
I think in the shower. It's something about the rhythm of water pounding on my head.
Walking or bicycling between home and work.
tangram: "Sleeping on a problem also does wonders"
I do some of my best problem solving in my sleep. The problem with this method is there is no "cut and paste" available. :-(
I'd say running, or just going outside and walking around, gives me some good peace of mind to figure things out. And if for some reason I can't get out to work to do that, I've found juggling to be a great way to clear my mind, and let the rest of my brain get to work on the problem.
Hmmm. Alone. No distractions. Comfortable. Engaged in physical activity (or not). Quite a trend emerging. Perhaps they should offer a course in 'brain clearing' in college. Cycling, Swimming, Juggling. Let your mind concern it self with baser activities it usually takes for granted. Some sort of reversal - when your conscious mind is working on things that are normally subconscious, then you subconscious mind can work on things that your conscious mind works on.
"Perhaps they should offer a course in 'brain clearing' in college."
I never claimed to be original...
> next time my boss finds me lying on my back in my office staring at the ceiling
Into my imagination
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