Take time to gaze. You might just let your eyes fall out of focus and see nothing, or you might observe something inconsequential yet fascinating (we’re writers; nothing is inconsequential, right?!).
It’s vital to allow yourself some zoning-out time. It’s not laziness. Observations fuel your creative brain. Rest allows it to fire on all cylinders and make those crazy connections that lead to IDEAS. You can’t have ideas if you don’t feed and rest your brain. Go to it. Gaze.