A revelation if you will:
It came about from having to manage my time as efficiently as possible in order to get any music written. I have twin girls you see, just turned a year old, and I only get to compose when they are napping and I have finished all important tasks (like sweeping, mopping, ugh). So, I may only get 5 minutes. I started setting a goal before sitting down to work on a piece, like, say, writing out the first phrase of the melody or something like that. I think it has made a world of difference in my composing process, not sure if it leads to "better" music or not. But in any case, I kind of prefer to work this way lately, rather than closing my eyes and dreaming away and splattering musical paint on a canvas.
So my question to you is: What does your sock drawer look like? Is there a correlation to x, y, or z?