Do you have a thinking toy? I do.
It's a rainbow-colored mini Slinky. It was given to me along with a thank-you note for speaking at a conference. At the time, I thought: cute. But why?
Now I keep it near at hand, along with my timer and my bottle of Clarity.
Whenever I get stuck (or paused or temporarily waylaid) in my Work in Progress, I grab the slinky and start stretching it in and out like an accordion. I toss it from hand to hand. I twist it and watch the lines of color warp and shift like one of those psychedelic screen savers.
And it works. It gives my procrastination and mental maze wandering a physical outlet, like staring at a mandala or a Smoky Mountain creek.
Clarity. In a bottle. In a spring (slinky or mountain-fed.) Or in focused work to the beat of a timer.
How do you achieve Clarity?