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When Do You Do Your Best Thinking?

How six innovators work through their work problems
relates to When Do You Do Your Best Thinking?
Illustration: Tim Lahan

“In the morning around 7, after sorting through various issues via e-mail, 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

“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.