I think it’s a pretty well known fact that relaxation increases creativity… not that I have a specific research study to quote here.
But I’ve noticed that my most creative ideas come during a relaxing back-stroke at my local YMCA. Since I don’t treat myself to a swim often enough, a hot morning shower tends to be the closest I come to relaxing and thus that’s where my brain starts working.
The problem is that I need to be at my computer to organize and record my ideas. So when I’m in the shower (or in the pool trying to burn off my last piece of banana bread) and an idea hits, I panic.
I begin to flesh out my thoughts while trying to memorize each word… all the while worrying that my terrible memory will betray me.
So I figure I need someone to invent a waterproof laptop. I could place it at the end of the pool, swim a lap, type a line, and repeat. An even better solution would be a computer installed right into my shower wall! I could lather, rinse, type and repeat.
Oh wait… I wear glasses. I can barely read which bottle says shampoo. Hmmmm… Ah… but I can touch type. Phew. Problem solved.
Okay, so can one of you please whip me up one of those waterproof, shower-wall computers please?
But first tell me… What about you? Where do creative ideas creep up on you?