The sun comes up and for most of us, it’s time for work. Or is it? How you start your work day can have a huge impact on the rest of it. Your morning routine is the lynchpin for either reducing or increasing creativity and productivity.
For example, on days I meet with clients, of course I get showered, dressed, and ready to head out as soon as possible. But on days when I need to get creative work done, I start right away. And I mean, as soon as I get up.
If the very first thing I do in my day is sit at my computer with a coffee, work seems easier. I can get many writing ideas and a short article together in an hour or so. Yes, in my pajamas. Only later do I move on to getting dressed and so on.
On the flip side, If I get up, shower, get dressed, and answer all my email before sitting down to write, work doesn’t come so easily. My capacity for creative work seems to decrease as the sun rises higher in the sky.
Is it Time to Change Your Morning Routine?
If your start to the day isn’t aiding your creative work, have you thought about changing your routine? Don’t feel bad about sitting down in pajamas in front of your laptop, or not being at your desk at 9 AM sharp. You could be missing a productivity sweet spot. Some morning changes to try:
- Start creative work as soon as you get up
- Change your work start time by an hour or two
- Save work altogether for the afternoon (it could be your best time)
What morning routine do you find best for increasing creativity?