Almost every morning after waking up, I go outside for a few minutes. "Take a break", "greet the morning", "meditate", "thinking time", "me time", "taking a constitutional", whatever you want to call it…I find I do some of my best thinking and get some of my most interesting ideas during this time.
What is it about "going outside" that is so darn productive?
I’m not sure that it’s the fact that I’m "outdoors" that’s the key. I think it’s really more of a change of environment. And because I have a small deck attached to my apartment, it’s convenient for me to just step outside, sit on a $5 plastic deck chair from Big Lots, and feel the day’s weather.
It’s odd really, I can be sitting in my room with iTunes playing, exchanging text messages with friends, reading, or surfing the net, and those same ideas just aren’t present. As soon as I go outside, WHAM!, an idea presents itself.
Some of the ideas have turned into big projects, topics for essays and papers, reflections on my participation in classes, even thoughts about what to do when things aren’t going smoothly with friends or parents. Whatever might pop into my head, I know that just taking a break from my usual routine, stepping outside of my usual space, and sitting quietly for a few moments can be extremely useful.
Sometimes I don’t have great ideas, sometimes I don’t even think at all, and perhaps that’s just as important?