I was about to drive home fro the gym the other day and while on my way to my vehicle in the parking garage, the usual thought crossed my subconscious: what will I listen to on the drive?
I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to hear so I tried an unconventional trick: listen to no music. Just drive and be alone with my thoughts.
The result? I got some good thinking done. Weren’t any Zen-level epiphanies that hit me, but it felt mildly therapeutic.
The point of this is not to tell you to drive sans music — it was a one-time thing and I abandoned that the very next time I drove — but to take time out of your day to think. What are you doing, where are you going? Why? Why to that? And why again, to that answer?
Personally I use the Calm App for this isolated time each day and try to keep my streak going. I know some meditative instructions say to clear you head and think about nothing, but i use it sometimes to let good ideas come to me. It works.