Lark or night owl, you need habits to nurture creativity
All kinds of things effect our creativity and designing habits for a creative environment can have a huge impact.
As Benjamin P Hardy says:
If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered — wondering where all that time went.
Getting into peak state for creativity
To be in a peak state for creativity you need to have clarity about your mission, whether it’s losing weight or writing a novel. You need to use time so well that you can make this mission happen. This will require eliminating time wasting activities and distractions.
In short to be in peak creative state you need to optimise your time, which means:
- Your work should not occupy 80% of your time. You need down time so that you are not fatigued.
- You need a significant amount of technology-free time. Blue-light screens interfere with sleep patterns so having time without devices before bed is good practice. When you wake up you are in a liminal state between sleep and wake that can be highly creative, so don’t waste that time on emails or social media. And, through the day, a lot of social media is mindless and draining and you can answer emails in one block in the afternoon.
- You need to do something to move your body every day. Whether it’s walking or yoga or a serious gym workout, sendentariness and creativity don’t go together.
- You need to be reflecting in some way — journalling and/or meditating.
- You need sources of inspiration: good company and conversation, reading, art …
- You need to be awake, which requires enough good quality sleep.
The question is, when do we do all this?
Do we all need to be larks?
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