An interesting question. Because I often do my best thinking on the fly, but my best planning overnight.
When and where do you do your best thinking? Why is that?
I do my most intelligent thinking while I am doing other things, often while cooking or cleaning. Or writing. I do my best worrying at night when I’m supposed to be sleeping. I’m not sure if worrying and thinking are remotely the same, though they often feel the same. The difference I suspect is the number of times the same idea rolls around my brain. After it has spun three or more times, it is not thinking. It’s brooding. Obsessing. Fretting.
Right now , I’m obsessing over getting my driver’s license. I’m not sure exactly how to get it without having to go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. This isn’t a new fear or obsession because I remember — long, long ago, back in the olden awful days — which were not golden if you had to got to the DMV (in New York is wasn’t a registry; it was a department) to do anything with a car, whether it was a farm vehicle or an 8-wheeler. The lines were long, often stretching out the door into the street. At 3pm, they closed down and if you hadn’t gotten to the front of the line? You had to come back the next day — and maybe the next and the next.
My dread of the RMV is old and it’s built into me. Even having to go online and deal with something car-related gives me a queasy stomach.
The good old days weren’t all that great in a lot of ways. Remember getting unemployment and standing in those lines? I always thought if there was going to be a rebellion in the U.S., it would start at the Unemployment Bureau, spread to the Department of Motor Vehicles and run through all those departments where they hired people who were incompetent and did as little work as humanly possible. So I am afraid and angry and frustrated and I have to think my way around it.
Really, it’s not a big deal even if I actually have to go the the RMV. I just have this deep-rooted fear of state-based departments all based on a reality where these things are not true anymore. Oddly, knowing they are not true doesn’t make the fear go away.
So, when is my best time for thinking? Probably while I’m writing. Because when I’m putting words on paper, my brain clears out its rubbish and suddenly, I see rightly.