Where do you do your best thinking? Bloomberg News asked a range of professionals this question — from CEOs of global companies to an author, a painter and a scientist — and got a range of answers. Early in the morning, late at night, in the shower, at a desk: The optimal time for creative thought was as individual as the work these leaders do.
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The consumer product czar
“In the morning around 7, after sorting through various issues via email, I often opt for a hot aromatherapy shower. It helps relax my mind, and I’ve had some of my greatest epiphanies during this time.”
—Mark Rosenzweig, chief executive officer, Euro-Pro
The restaurant mogul
“My strongest ideas come when I’m in my house late at night, between 11 and 1. I always have jazz or country music playing in the background, and I often find myself at my stand-up desk or sketching on a large whiteboard, developing ideas I can flesh out with my team the next day.”
—Kevin Reddy, chairman and CEO, Noodles & Co.
“Every morning I tell myself to just start writing, and the rest is automatic. I wear noise-canceling headphones, mostly to block the sound of my own talking. I use an app called Freedom to shut off the Internet. But I’ll sometimes do an hour of work, after my son goes to bed, with a glass of wine, no earplugs, and my husband nearby. Often that is when it goes best.”