I spent most of today looking at and working with data in Microsoft Excel. By the end of the day I felt like I'd taken a sharp blow to the skull.
A couple of hours into the data whirl I remembered an interview with Steve Martin on "Fresh Air." In it he talks about the creative mind and the monkey mind. "The monkey mind is really consciousness. It should do the editing. It's the one that's not original, the one that's imitative... and that's just a term for doing the slave work of writing."