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How do you take advantage of those times?
Besides, we all need to spend time away from our computers! Walk around when you're thinking something out. Go to the library and read. You'll get some exercise and some contact with the real world. Rather than poking fun at the idea, I think you should be looking for ways to do it.
One other thing (that I actually do use) is for when I'm at a computer, but not my own (e.g., cyber cafe or public computer)- I'll send an e-mail to myself with some short notes to follow-up on later.
You'll get some exercise and some contact with the real world.
I suspect there are some members of our community that would die from exposure to any sunlight or exercise :) On a more serious note, I use small legal pads I have scattered all over the house to write ideas and notes out, which I drop into a file called "bright ideas". I periodically comb through this folder when I need some inspiration and sometimes I am surprised at how good an idea is. Conversely, sometimes I think I was on LSD when I wrote some of them :)
I also use physical notebooks (the paper kind, not computer kind) to write out longer thoughts, ideas, notes from others, reading notes, etc. I will go back and read these from time to time, but I have not found them as useful as the small legal pad notes and the bright idea folder.
When an idea comes up, I write myself a note that will remind me of the idea later when I am at the computer.