Why Do Your Best Ideas Come in the Shower?

  • Posted by on December 18th, 2014 at 7:37 am

My wife tells me her best ideas come in the shower.  One time on Twitter, I saw Andy Weissman of USV tweet something similar.  I tweeted at him that he should have one of these.

Usually, I take a super short shower. I don’t have hair to wash and condition. There is a little bit of guilt because I don’t want to “waste water”. For the past several years, living in an apartment building lets us escape without a water bill, so we don’t have financial consequences. Don’t ask me about heat in the wintertime….

But, the fact remains, getting great ideas in the shower is pretty universal among a lot of people I talk to.

I think it’s because when you are in the shower, you are totally unplugged. You are unclothed. Stare at the tile. No electronics, no media to disturb your thoughts. Being in the shower allows you to focus.

We talk a lot about being “real” these days. We talk a lot about bearing your soul and becoming vulnerable, while finding strength in that vulnerability. That certainly happens in the shower.

This past year, I have actively taken up Iyengar yoga. I am not “very good”. To see me stretch my 6’5″ frame into a shoulder stand is like a giraffe walking into an airplane. But yoga has helped me in ways other than physical.

Next year, I am going to try to meditate. People tell me it’s really good for channeling ideas and relaxing your brain. I find that in the world we live in today, my brain is constantly on fire.

If you have meditated, what’s the best way to start?

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