For years I've been wanting to make a meme of this line:
My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives. — Hedley Lamarr, Blazing Saddles
I love this state of mind, but I have to be careful. When an idea strikes, I may abruptly stop what I am doing and spend hours pondering, writing up, sketching, and researching "creative alternatives" that I just don't have time for. Before I know it, I've wandered far astray from any plan or schedule I had for the day.
The problem isn't whether these these ideas are realistic or worthwhile. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't. Either way, I perceive value in the exercise of thinking about them. The problem is priorities. It is hard to tear myself away from my latest inspiration even when I know there are vastly more important things to do.
[UPDATE: I could swear I'd posted this image already, but if so I can't find where.]
2 thoughts on “My Mind Is a Raging Torrent”
You might want to check out this article. It may not be relevant to you, but it's simple enough to test to see if you notice any cognitive differences between before trying it and ~16-20 hours afterwards.
Interesting — thanks.