The Basic Tools

Merlin Mann, on Episode 117 of Back to Work (around 1:22:05):

…[S]ometimes I will go downtown…I’ll shut [my iPhone] all the way down sometimes, put my headphones in my backpack not my pocket…buy a notebook and a new pen…and I will go somewhere that I have never been before and I’ll sit down and work on the thing that I wanted to work on. And now there is, literally, no excuse in the entire world for me to not be able to do something.

If you can’t figure out what creative thing to do with the most basic tools of your trade you should not be in that trade and you don’t deserve the tools.