Like most people, I do my best thinking in the restroom. Quality time in the shower, meditating on a shave, reflecting on my day while brushing my teeth, or just relaxing, it’s a place where my mind has the opportunity to meander peacefully. Some of my most creative ideas have come to me while showering, and while taking my junior qualifying exam at Reed I figured out the path for two of the problems I was stuck on during restroom breaks.
So I recently stuck a dry erase marker on the counter by the sink, and now have a way to quickly jot an idea down after washing my hands, but before I’ve found a pad of paper or iPhone, or the thought just slips away. My wife can toss the honey-do tasks or other reminders on there for me as well, to assess while I’m polishing my pearly whites.