Your Say: Where do you get your best ideas?

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Sometimes I can sit at my desk for days and I just won’t get any ideas. It’s like it is just blocked, you know?

The other day I was sitting at my desk for hours thinking, and I just couldn’t come up with anything. Out of frustration and boredom I took an shower. And BAM! There it was again – good ideas spilling out of my head. Good idea’s always seem to occur to me in the bathroom for some reason.

Where do you get your best ideas? Let us know in the comments.

  • Jean Paiva

    On my bed, before I fell asleep…

  • http://www.mbaranowski.pl/en Mike Ember

    On the toilet…
    And at the gym while working out

  • Koen Vendrik

    Exactly! I mosly get good idea’s on the bathroom, in bed right before I fall asleep and somtimes in the gym aswell. I think this could be because those are times you really have time to do good thinking for some reason.

  • VF

    haha, we all get ideas in… our brain when some signals gets connected to right address! :P

  • Koen Vendrik

    True but this post is about were that happens most often for you. :P

    • VF

      Then I have to say while traveling through bus. Many times, I get fresh ideas and steps of execution both done while traveling! :)

    • Koen Vendrik

      I can imagine that. I bet you have long bus trips then because I usualy never have time to concentrate in the bus. :(

  • http://www.elionweb.com Justin

    My ideas happen when I’m not looking at a screen (computer, TV or mobile). Tunnel vision happens frequently in front of screens, outside of them you are sort of free to think, same as feeling better when you go outside in the open space after being cooped up in an office all day.

  • Koen Vendrik

    Could be the answer to why we all get such good idea’s outside our office zone. Hmm… maybe we all should get out more often when trying to come up with a new design then?

  • http://soundcloud.com/sam_soundfix Sam Speakman

    I think I get them sat at my DAW, because that’s when I’m trying to come up with an idea by playing with lots of software instruments

    • Koen Vendrik

      I can imagine that aswell especially because you do audio. I bet it is easier for you to omup with new idea’s when trying things out?

  • http://envato.com Adrian Try

    What is it about the shower? I get a lot of ideas there too.

    Is it the relaxing flow of warm water? The calming feeling of being on your own? The lack of pressure and expectation of having to come up with anything more than a clean body? I don’t know, but it works.

    The hard thing is remembering those great ideas once I’m out!

    • Koen Vendrik

      People find it so relaxing to shower and the relaxing is maybe an change for us to open our mind more freely and get better idea’s when in the shower? Just an idea….

  • http://twitter.com/webcuriousanima laurent untereiner (@webcuriousanima)

    For me, this is the morning when waking up during the shower

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/anchor_point_heshan Anchor_point_heshan

    I get ideas when Im riding my bike. and when Im in a fast food restaurant such as KFC. It feels like my head fills with lot’s of ideas, different ideas when I’m riding fast my bike. Thats my best way.