Your Morning Routine Could Kill Your Creativity

Morning routines are incredibly personal. For me, if I don’t have the chance to lie in bed for at least 15 minutes and acclimate myself to being awake, I’m not a happy camper. I love coffee, but don’t want it for at least an hour after I wake up. (I prefer to gradually wake up, not startle myself with caffeine.) I also like loud music to set the tone for my morning, but leave showers for the afternoon. Which is why I was interested to read about the relationship between morning routines and creativity. You can read the full article at the link below, but the conclusion offers some quick tips to avoid ruining your day before it’s even started.

“So what would our mornings look like if we re-engineered them in the interest of maximizing our creative problem-solving capacities? We’d set the alarm a few minutes early and lie awake in bed, following our thoughts where they lead (with a pen and paper nearby to jot down any evanescent inspirations.) We’d stand a little longer under the warm water of the shower, dismissing task-oriented thoughts (“What will I say at that 9 a.m. meeting?”) in favor of a few more minutes of mental dilation. We’d take some deep breaths during our commute, instead of succumbing to road rage. And once in the office — after we get that cup of coffee — we’d direct our computer browser not to the news of the day but to the funniest videos the web has to offer.”

The full article can be read here.

Oh, and then there’s this.