“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
While I subscribe to a lot of Nietzsche’s philosophy, I have to disagree slightly: obviously the man never tried solving a problem in the shower. (Or, as with Archimedes, the bathtub.)
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been standing in the shower, thinking about a writing problem I’ve been trying to solve, when the idea suddenly comes to me. I’m still waiting for someone to invent a waterproof laptop/notebook/tablet/device I can record those spontaneous ideas on. As it is I have to hurry to the Moleskine, or wait until I get to work to jot them down.
A friend of mine once suggested I take a digital voice recorder into the shower with me. The only problem there is I might be tempted to sing.
And believe me, nobody wants to hear that.