I have been pondering lately how to best use silence and otherwise quiet downtime constructively. There is something to be said for quiet reflection and ruminating over thought experiments. But when my head just gets too full, I just have to decompress. Usually, writing is the way to go to do this, but sometimes I’ll just sort of ramble to anyone willing to listen - or pretend to listen, usually. This is a bit frustrating to me, because once I release certain things in speech, I find it difficult to then sit down and actually figure out what I was trying to write. The opposite is true, as well, of course. But often times I have far too much on my mind, and what seemed most important to me when I was thinking about it at the time ends up forgotten.
Therefore, I’ve resolved to spend my quiet time simply taking notes at all the various things I’m thinking about. There’s never any shortage of writing material on my brain - it’s just a matter of getting it out a bit. A lot of times when it’s quiet, I want to rest and writing something coherent just isn’t going to work for me. But at least if I get some things jotted down, they’re not keeping me up at night anymore.
How do you go about using silence or other downtime constructively, meditatively, or otherwise?