What’s Your Most Fruitful Time for Thinking?

“Some of the most fruitful thinking times are when I wake after sleeping a few hours, and in the seamless time when nothing needs to be done, not even getting up, I meditate.”

–May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

When is your most fruitful time for thinking — in the middle of the night, before you get out of bed, in the shower, during a run, walking the dog, in the car?

I have a friend who never misses his weekly massage, because that’s when he gets his best ideas for building his business.


  • Ugh! The best time for me to think is while I’m running alone. But, because I run for awhile….often the best thoughts travel away before I get a chance to get them down! 🙁 I really need a mobile recording device for while I run so that I can talk to it and it can record all of my great thoughts and email them to me.

  • Mimi Gregor

    I seem to get most of my better ideas when I’m still a little bit groggy in the morning. I guess the judgmental part of my brain that would say, “WHAT?! That’s a terrible idea!” is still asleep, but my creative part is awake and working.

  • Gillian

    I’m most likely to have a good idea or find a solution to a problem when in the shower or out walking alone. Or sometimes while sitting on the deck doing nothing – no book, no sudoku, not deliberately thinking about something specific, just doing literally nothing. It seems the idle brain goes in search of ideas and solutions without being prompted.

  • I agree. The best time for me to Paint is early in the morning, when I firat wake up. Painting is my meditation. I was interested in finding the artist of the beautiful portrait you posted. I searched and found it was painted by Polly Thayer.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polly_Thayer_Starr

  • Judy

    Morning or in the shower. If I don’t write it down fast enough, it is easy to forget.