My favorite time of day is something I call thinking time. It’s when I go to my favorite restaurant or coffee shop, sit down and think.
It’s best when proceeded by a 20 minute walk that slows your mind and gives you time to gathers your thoughts. Then when you sit down you can start to bring your thoughts together into a final form.
It’s a great way to begin your days writing or to solve a problem. Or to just clear your mind and enjoy the moment. It’s also a great time to do some free writing.
I always take my smart phone and a pen and piece of paper. Sometimes I just scribble notes or thoughts. Sometimes I go right for the smart phone and start typing. But many times I just sit and look around with nothing particular on my mind.
If I’m in the middle of a project I will being my computer along with some preexisting work. It’s a great way to sort through and see things in a new light.
When you have time to sit and think you can see patterns and get ideas that have otherwise passed by. It’s not uncommon for me to come up with an outline or a few notes that give me a plan and direction for the entire day. All from 15 minutes of thinking time.
Best time of the day for me is late morning after I have gotten the mornings busywork out of the way. I prefer when I can combine it with an early lunch: About 10 or 10.30 in the morning.
Thinking time is something you have to do alone because creativity and thought are solo occupations. A companion is always a distraction. Crowded places are fine as long as no one distracts you.
I always look forward to my thinking time as a way to relax, focus my thoughts, and give me a mental direction for the rest of the day.