I set a daily goal to do some thinking/writing physically and I think it was helpful for me during my workday. It feels a little alien to me as I don’t do this regularly, but I feel armed with the knowledge now that it really does help your thinking so that I see genuine merit to understanding how to do it better. Plus it creates a physical record of your accomplishments and thoughts as you try to understand things better. Plus it helps you build drawing skills for complicated ideas which is generically useful.
I spent much of the day working with this on in the background. Not music, but definitely conducive to thinking and writing.
Started reading more of W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn before bed. It’s a collections of meditations of his while walking along the english coast which are great to read before bed.