When do we get a chance to think? Truly contemplate the things that matter? We're always busy doing stuff and in the age of the pocket-anti-boredom device it's easier to glance at a screen than actually think.
We've got all the excuses; "I don't get 5 minutes to myself", "I'm too busy". A lot of the time we want to be too busy, it's easier than thinking. But what if every once in awhile we allow ourselves to clear our minds of the everyday clutter and start thinking, deeply.
It's a tough proposition. It involves turning off, tuning out and emptying our minds of the past and the future move our minds into a place where there is only the present. Some people achieve this by off-loading their problems to a therapist, others find clarity in meditation. But neither of these methods suit everybody.
"I always seem to come up with my best ideas in the shower!"
I've personally found a great solution which works well for me and it fits in with my busy lifestyle. I've found that the ideal time to really think, to let my mind wander is when my body is active but my mind is not. This can happen under all kinds of circumstances, but for me, the best times are either in the shower or whilst exercising. These are times when my body knows what to do, it takes over, goes into autopilot and allows my mind to detach from the real world.
I find myself contemplating all kinds of things from; solutions to problems at work, and the next big project idea, to my feelings and emotions. I find clarity and quite often the answers I've been searching for.
So, next time you're struggling for answers or stuck for inspiration try putting your body to work by going for a run or taking an extended shower, turning off your devices, zoning out and letting your mind wander. You'll be amazed at the results.