Ever Feel Like You Only Get Good Blog Post Ideas in the Shower?

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In one of the groups I belong to, a woman posted that she regularly thought of good blog post ideas in the shower and had no way to remember them.  She said, “If only there was a way to take a pen and paper in there with me!”  I thought this was a great topic to touch on before we get started on the Blogging Smart and Sassy Series.

I did a little digging and found that there’s a product that can help with this little problem – waterproof notepads!

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Why We Think of Our Best Ideas in the Shower

Why do we think of our best ideas in the shower?  There’s a science to this, you know.

Barry Kauffman, cognitive scientist and co-author of Wired to Create, conducted consumer research that showed 72% of those surveyed experience new ideas in the shower.

It seems that the environment of relaxation, scalp stimulation, and solitude is highly conducive to creative thinking.

Taking Advantage of the Situation to Think Up Good Blog Post Ideas

If we have some of our best ideas while taking showers, doesn’t it make sense to capitalize on the situation?  One way of doing this is to bring a pen and paper into the bathroom.  Sure, we can do this.  But if you’re like me, you don’t really feel like being soaking wet and trying to take notes.

Another option is bringing your smartphone in the bathroom with you.  If you have a recording app, you could dry your hands and record a message.  Again, this is far from ideal.

Both options require you to take an additional step – drying off or leaving the shower (or both) – before  you can jot down a note.

A third – and my favorite – option is purchasing a waterproof note-taking system for the shower.  There are several options to choose from, each one refillable and one even has a built-in whiteboard.

Ways We Can Encourage Creative Thinking

We can definitely boost our creative thinking outside the shower by duplicating the factors that support new ideas.

Before we get to that, take my advice: keep a note pad and pen or a recording device handy because you never know when inspiration is going to strike!  A lot of people say they will do this, but forget.  Make this a priority and the next few suggestions will be a lot more effective!

Relaxation for Creative Thinking

The first factor is being relaxed.  How can we recreate the same type of relaxation for creative thinking we get when we’re in the shower.  I can think of a few ways:

  • Take a bath
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Get a massage
  • Go for a walk or get in a workout (I’m always relaxed after I get in a good workout)
  • Listen to a guided relaxation audio
  • Journal

Action step: Think about what relaxes you most – for me, that’s being in water, so showers, baths, and pools work well – and do more of it.

Stimulation for Creative Thinking

We can recreate the stimulation we receive in the shower, too.  Do something that invigorates you!  Think outside the box on this one – sure getting active certainly helps, but think about when you most have fun or when you are most challenged.

Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Read a mystery novel
  • Do a puzzle
  • Spend the day at an amusement park
  • Swim in the ocean
  • Take a day-long road trip to somewhere you’ve never been before
  • Get out in your community to volunteer

As you can see, facilitating stimulation is really about getting out of your head for awhile.  Often, getting our minds off what we are focused on opens the opportunity for creative ideas to flow in.

Finding Solitude for Creative Thinking

Getting away from everything is another way to inspire good blog post ideas.  Like I shared in this post about overwhelm, it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything that’s happening in our lives.

When we take a step back from our to-do list, our family responsibilities, and yes, our blogging, we create space in our mind and heart – a space that allows us to breathe and think…if we want to.

The beauty of getting away is that we can also take that time to do nothing at all, which in my experience is a very powerful way to renew my energy.

There’s More Than One Way to Come Up with Good Blog Post Ideas

As you can see, the shower doesn’t have to be the only place you think up good blog post ideas.  Taking action on these tips is a great start – but I still recommend you pick up a waterproof note pad for the shower.  Hey, when a good idea strikes, you gotta be ready, no matter where you are!


Do you get good post ideas in the shower?  How do you get your creative thinking jumpstarted?  Let me know in the comments below!


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12 thoughts on “Ever Feel Like You Only Get Good Blog Post Ideas in the Shower?

  • August 4, 2016 at 8:17 AM
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    I agree about the solitude allowing the creativity to flow. I like to hand water my lawn and flower beds and it’s amazing how much peace I get from that. By the time I’m done, the creative juices are flowing!

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    • August 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM
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      Oh, that’s a great idea. And I know exactly what you mean. The process of watering can be very meditative. And when I get quiet like that, I definitely get better ideas.

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  • August 4, 2016 at 11:15 AM
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    This is awesome! Mine always come to me when I’m in bed for the night and too lazy to get up and write them down 🙁

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    • August 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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      Isn’t that a kicker? A friend of mine mentioned that and, so far, I haven’t come up with anything better than a notepad and/or my phone to record. But, like you, I often don’t want to get out of bed! And if by some miracle I DO wake up enough, the idea often slips away. So frustrating!

      I always feel like they’re genius ideas, too! LOL Makes it all more painful that I forget them.

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  • August 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM
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    what an awesome idea – I already have a notebook next to my bed, and carry my phone with me everywhere around the house, never know what inspires. Meditation is absolutely a wonderful way to spark creativity, I have found that if I meditate regularly I write better. Great post – blessings!

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    • August 4, 2016 at 6:21 PM
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      Yes, meditation works wonders for me. And I do all kinds of different methods and techniques. I’ve found that even a 3-minute meditation results in mental clarity and a peaceful heart. From this space, I write better.

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  • August 4, 2016 at 10:41 PM
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    Although driving isn’t always the most relaxing scenario, I almost ALWAYS have my ideas while driving!! And I really hate it because sometimes they involve a little sketching, haha!

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    • August 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM
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      Oh no! LOL I get it, though. I remember listening to some personal development CD a long time ago and it talked about how we drive on autopilot, which allows our mind to relax a little. Maybe a recorder in the car so you could at least describe your ideas? 🙂

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  • August 10, 2016 at 3:14 PM
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    This is totally me! I get my best ideas in the shower and when I’m driving to work. Good thing I keep post-it notes in my bathroom so I can write away! That is, after I dry off. 🙂

    Great post!

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    • August 10, 2016 at 5:53 PM
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      Thanks Bren! The worst is when you get an idea and you can’t write it down. Ack! LOL I’m usually pretty good, but there have been times when I lost a gem of an idea and it plain sucks.

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  • August 16, 2016 at 8:22 AM
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    Believe it or not I actually get my best ideas while sitting on the toilet. I work from home so sometimes, sitting on the throne is the only time I get enough quiet time to be alone with my thoughts. I always make sure I bring my phone with me so I can save any thoughts, otherwise I’d forget. I actually came up with my whole investment plan on the toilet lol.

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    • August 16, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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      I believe it! That’s another of those instances that the mind wanders. LOL

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