I’ve always known I could get more done if I could just ease into the day.
Why Morning Routines Are Creativity Killers
Everything about the way we start our day runs counter to the best conditions for thinking creatively
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.
Of course the work day still needs to end at 5:00…