Creative Drought, Shower Ideas

For the past couple months I've been in a creative drought. This neglected blog is evidence of that.

I'm a big-time shower-thinker. Nearly all my good ideas come to me while my mind's wandering in the shower: design ideas, blog ideas, feature ideas, algorithm ideas, really just about all of my big ideas have originated in the shower.

A week or two into this drought, I noticed that my shower ideas weren't happening. Now, of course I hadn't just been standing around unconscious in the shower—I was definitely thinking about something. But what was it?

The next time I was in the shower I paid attention to what my mind was doing. Turns out, it was just bouncing around between all the hundreds of things that I needed to get done. I was in the process of finding a new apartment and moving. We'd just hired a new employee. We were doing more client work than ever before while also trying to make a updates to our product. Et cetera, et cetera. I had lots more urgent things on my mind than I normally do. And these are the things that my mind was drifting to in the shower.

So, in the following weeks I continued to try and be mindful of what my mind was doing in the shower. And slowly but surely it got less hectic. With each pressing issue that I ticked off of my to-do list, my mind got a little more room to breathe.

Well, I'm happy to report that for the past week or two I've started having some interesting shower ideas again. It's good to have them back.

In the process, I think I've stumbled on a good way to judge if maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew: if my shower-thinking is being totally overrun with tedious crap, I've probably got too much of it going on.

Sadly, there are always gonna be times where there's just no way around it—you've just got a ton of stuff to do.

The real trick will be to find a way to push all of that crap out of the way, to block it out, and let the trickle of good ideas bubble up to the surface through the cruft. I'm entertaining any and all suggestions on this matter.