We need to come clean about something: we’ve underestimated the shower. Yes, some very clever innovators have made showers themselves more awesome, like the showerhead that turns from green to red when you’re lingering too long or this sleek contraption that lets you shower and does your laundry at the same time.
But there’s more to the shower, like the power to free your clothes of wrinkles, fill your ears with knowledge, and open up the spout of your ideas. Here’s how.
If you want to soak your brain in knowledge while you shampoo your hair, a handful of podcasts can be the perfect shower companion. They’re additionally great because a podcast provides some long(er)form content to begin your day, as oppossed to the tweets and texts that color the workday. And no, you don’t necessarily need to invest in some wacky in-shower speaker system–just open up a podcast on smartphone and turn it up.
Our picks for in-shower listening:
- Radiolab: hyper-innovative humanistic scientific storytelling? Yes please.
- WTF: Marc Maron is comedian, interviewer, and Most Creative Person. Nice.
- Lifehacker: what could be more shower-productive than a productivity podcast?
This is perhaps the bacheloriest of bachelor hacks. Want to get your shirt marginally less wrinkled before you run out the door? You could try to hang it up beside your shower and the let steam release the wrinkles like you did in college. But Men’s Health says that the water won’t be hot enough to generate sufficient steam; instead, turn the hot water all the way up after you’re out, distract yourself for a few minutes, and come back to a freshly steamed shirt.
Lifehacker writer Adam Dachis says to condense other parts of your morning routine into shower time. There’s something satisfying about soaping with one hand with brushing your teeth with the other–call it hygienic multitasking. For dudes, you could get a fog-free mirror to get your shave done, too.
As author Scott Berkun has observed, creativity needs room to breathe. It’s called incubation: “time away from the work itself where our subconscious minds are free to work on our behalf and deliver ideas back to our conscious minds.” The shower, then, is one of the few parts of modern life where we’re not being bombarded by stimuli (unless we’re listening to a podcast), which allows our minds to wander. And if you learn to wander well, your time in the shower will not be lost.
Hat tip: Lifehacker