As I write this, I’m being bounced and jostled in a subway car, a few miles from my apartment and hopefully getting closer to work.

(Editor’s Note: This was typed into the Note app in iOS prior to being transferred to google docs for small edits and additions)

I spend a lot of time on the subway.

It’s that or fork over a large pile of cash every month for a matchbox of an apartment.

However, time is money, especially here.

The details of everyday living often conspire to create many chunks of “dead” time in which it’s hard to get anything done.

I recently did a quick accounting of said time and wasn’t happy with what I found.

To be clear, I’m not talking about rest and downtime.

Real rest is very productive.

Dead time is when you can’t quite work but also can’t quite rest.

One way to deal with it is to sort of rest – light reading, and so on. That’s what I’ve done on commutes for most of my life.

This little note is an attempt to be sort of productive. It takes real focus to do serious writing, but not to chat with a friend.

Chatting with friends is a good way to generate ideas. No one holds it against you if your chat-born ideas are stupid, but you might get some credit if they’re good.

I’m beginning to think that this is a legitimately good way to be productive. After all, it’s not like you’re expecting much of yourself during dead time and creativity often comes when you stop worrying and just do.

So, there’s my thoughts on how to find more time and creativity in your day.

Oh, also, for my all my tendency to hate on tech, smartphones are awesome for productivity if you use them right.

A good music player combined with some noise-cancelling headphones can make a world of difference, and the fact that I can type this out on my phone while packed like a(n admittedly dapper) sardine into this subway car is pretty cool.

That’s all for now – my stop is coming up.


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