By Justin Kerby
Ah, that elusive creative spark. It often seems like just when you need it the most, it’s the hardest to find.
It can show up without warning (often at 3am) or leave without permission (often after a manager asks for your ideas). And it can be the hardest of all to manifest first thing in the morning when your caffeine hit is still kicking in and your inbox is full of new emails.
The good news is, researchers have unearthed some surprising facts about the human body and brain that can help you maximize your creativity in the morning. It turns out that there are several things that we can do each and every day to boost our creative output and keep the ideas flowing.
Here are seven essential hacks to help you supercharge your morning routine and expand your creative output.
1. Stop hitting the snooze button
Sorry, but this one is a non-negotiable. If you want to be creative in the morning, the first thing you have to do is wake up early. You can’t write a novel, paint a masterpiece or design a prototype if you’re still asleep!
Even if you’re not aiming to do any of the above things, set a target wake-up time as your goal. Work towards attaining it by getting up half an hour earlier each week. Keep pushing backwards until you hit your target wake-up time.
Hey, even if half an hour earlier is your target wake-up time, don’t underestimate the power of achieving it! There is a lot that you can get done in 30 minutes.
Sure, it’s tempting to hit the snooze button and assume you’ll carve out time to do your creative tasks in the afternoon or the evening. But there are sound scientific reasons why you work best in the morning. According to a study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, the creative brain is at its strongest at that time of the day.
Studies also show that your willpower is actually a finite resource that should be used strategically throughout the day – so if you put off your work until the evening, you may never get to it.
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2. Go and exercise outdoors
It’s fair to say that neuroscientist David Strayer knows a fair bit about the human brain. When it comes to his own, he finds that hiking and other high-intensity activities are the best catalysts for high-level creative thinking.
By allowing the brain to quiet down, he explained to Outside, “You let the prefrontal cortex rest, and all of a sudden these flashes of insight come to you. It supports creativity, positive wellbeing [and] reductions in stress. There are all kinds of reasons why it’s helpful.”
So get outside to boost your brain function, and train in the morning to be at your sharpest. Just 35 minutes of moderately intense running, rowing or Go to the full article.
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