If you have a problem to think through, you should spend some time gathering your thoughts. It can be beneficial. Usually, I need someplace quiet, although sometimes it helps if I have music or something. There is no right place to come up with thoughts to solve your problems.
On th other hand, thoughts can come unbidden at any time. They can just flit into your head whenever they choose. I don’t mean that you can’t ever control your thoughts, you can. Once you have a train of thought, you can guide it to the solution to your problem. What I’m talking about here is the brainstorming that your mind will do if you could just relax and let your thoughts wander.
It sounds easy. All you need to do is relax and let your mind drift, however, depending on the severity of your problem, this is either very easy or very hard. I’m sorry I can’t be more precise, but letting your mind go where it will often helps you come up with a solution to whatever your problem is.
I find it’s best to go someplace where comfortable and think. I do a lot of thinking while walking in my neighborhood park. The only problem with that is that I don’t often have the option to write things down. What I should do is record memos of my thoughts. I can do that with my phone. I could transcribe them later. Another place that I do a lot of thinking is my bed. I often have thoughts flit through my mind before I go to bed, which presents another problem.
Sometimes my thoughts keep me from getting the sleep that I need. When I have this issue, I usually end up taking a very long time to fall asleep. That’s when it is best just to start writing. That gives the thoughts some place to go and gets them out of my head, which often lets me sleep. It doesn’t work all the time, but when it works, it does some a great job.
Many times, I can’t control my thoughts. They go where they will and I can’t stop them. That’s not to say that I don’t like my thoughts. They can lead me to some creative places, but I also relive things, changing the ending, which is a pointless exercise. We all have things that we would like to change, but since we can’t, it is useless to pretend otherwise. Thoughts are like that though. They are what they are and our only hope to control them is to lead them into someplace good.
I just sit somewhere comfortable and let my mind go. It wanders wherever it wants to go and I try to note what it comes up with. That’s actually the basis of free writing. Just sit and let your mind wander. I think of it as a mini-vacation in my head. That’s my favorite method of brainstorming, you may not find it as helpful. Everyone is different and that’s ok.