The thing about writing is when you're not doing it, you're probably thinking about doing it. There's no getting away from it. Instead of it whacking off the rhythm of your day, jot down those thoughts when they pop up in the middle of the rest of life and when you get back to your desk, you'll have the material to head off writer's block.
what idea common to most of your neighbor's days, is a theme that they all could relate to in fiction. what if they met at the garbage cans to compare notes?