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Great Regular Places to Think

October 12, 2012

In our hectic world of deadlines, traffic, and nagging… husbands, it’s hard to find the time and place to really clear your head and reflect on current circumstances.

It is important, not just for writers to come up with new ideas, but for everyone to take a step back and figure out some of life’s mysteries: is my budget prioritised properly, am I managing my time efficiently, what exactly did my wife mean.

Looking for a quiet spot, why not just combine your thinking time with everyday life. Here are my 4 top unavoidable places where my thoughts suddenly become clearer.

Driving/Travelling to work:

Unless you’re the next Charlie Sheen, you probably cover the distance between home and work twice a day, at least 5 times a week.

So instead of showing the world that you got the mightiest engine and the heaviest foot, enjoy the ride, and while you’re at it, figure out this month’s budget.

Don’t worry, you’ll be there in no time. Just keep in mind that red means stop.

Not driving, even better.

Doubles stand:

Doubles is a Trini thing, so for our international readers, this can also be a hot dog stand.

Instead of buying 2 and rushing off, why not eat them on the spot. And while you’re satisfying that ferocious hunger, take a look around and let your mind wonder.

Maybe it’s the fact that you’re finally eating, maybe it the attractive person who just walked by, but you’ll be surprised at the answers that comes to mind at this place.

But before you run away with that new marketing plan your boss has been demanding, remember to pay for that meal.


Interestingly, I have solved some of my biggest problems at church, and I didn’t even have to talk to the pastor.

You’ve got no choice but to sit in a pew for 1 – 2 hours, you know you should be focusing up front, but it’s not really working out. Your mind starts to wonder about that problematic assignment. Suddenly, a revelation streams to mind.

Let’s just call it divine intervention. Church is good. Now if only I could figure out how to get there every Sunday.

Doctor’s Office:

Ever made a doctor’s appointment for 8am, and still have to wait for about 2 or 3 hours.

That’s because he tells everyone to come for 8am.

You know it’s going to be a long wait, so you might as well walk with your thinking gear.

Carry your laptop, carry your ipad, carry your notebook. The doctor’s office can be as quiet as a library, except for that guy with the hacking cough.

This can apply to anywhere you have to wait: banks, airports.

Got 5 hours to kill between connecting flights, not a problem.


So these are some regular places where you can clear your head. Did I leave any out? Let me know in the comments. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to read this month’s trailer of my latest book, King Larsen.


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