When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?

I blurted out in a meeting that I do my best thinking on my back. That was awkward. 

Seriously, I do my best thinking in my bed, on my couch, or on my floor when I am sleep. 
This morning, after going to bed anxious about an approach to a problem, I woke up with an answer and with a new story idea. That’s par for the course in my life. My dreams give me answers, revelations, or at least a good laugh. (Honestly, I dreamt that I was chasing Lenny Kravitz through the streets of New Orleans. No wait, that actually happened in real life. My bad.)

When I tell people that I sleep on things, I am literal and figurative. I do sleep on things: pillows, a dog who acts a foot heater, books, pens, playing cards, maybe an occasional human. I do mull things over in my sleep and my dreams. I have learned to cultivate my nap time into dream and idea generation periods. I start by thinking about my problem and then falling asleep. When I wake up an hour or so later (power naps are for babies), I normally have an answer. 


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