Next time you’re stymied when trying to get a creative project done, try this: get up very early when it’s quiet and your mind’s clear and devote the extra time to getting the project done.

Using potentially your most creative perspective of the day (even if you’re not a morning person) is an appropriate strategy when a project requires your freshest innovative thinking. – Mike Brown

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3 Responses to “Get Up Early”

  1. Kelly Craft says:

    The wee hours offer a different type of satisfaction for non-morning people.

    As the lights dim or go out, and the rest of the world retires, night-owls revel in the restful quiet, mulling over ideas while knowing they can dream about them further.

    I counter with the thought that morning-lovers might mix it up and stay up late to listen to the night sounds. Houses settling; shift-workers like doctors, nurses, police-officers and factory workers pulling in the neighbouring driveways after a midnight haul servicing humanity in selfless ways; scanning ‘new’ SlideShare presentations in the wee hours here & embracing voices and ideas from Europe & Asia while they begin their day.

    Perhaps they are morning people who might inspire us in the dark, quiet hours of the night?

    I think the real message is, ‘Shake it up! Do something a little bit different from your routine.’

    • Mike Brown says:

      Kelly – I love that you came at this from the opposite perspective! After reading your comment, it strike me how often I see you on Twitter late at night, so obviously have a great feel for the creative advantages open to night owls. That’s why your comment is so fun for me, because I wrote as someone who is both a night owl and an early morning person. The post was an answer to one night when it was clear I couldn’t write anymore, gave up, and finally went to bed. Getting up even earlier (which I did this morning…4:45 a.m.) opened up all the creativity that was lacking even a few hours earlier!



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