We Do Mornings All Wrong
Stressful routine hurts our creativity
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2012 7:00 PM CST
Set this a few minutes early if you want to maximize your creative potential.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An alarm clock jolting you awake, a frenetic rush through shower and commute, and maybe a scant few minutes to glance over depressing headlines: Pretty much every part of your morning routine is dooming your chance to do any sort of creative thinking. Recent studies show, for instance, that we are at our most creative when we're sleepy and not as focused—like when we first wake up, or before we fall asleep—so we should take advantage of that time.The stress of a commute and the sadness of reading the news also inhibit our problem-solving capabilities.

All this means that we must rethink our morning routine, writes Annie Murphy Paul in Time. What you should do is wake up a few minutes early, take advantage of those groggy moments to write down any thoughts that occur to you, then take a longer shower while continuing to let your thoughts wander. Assuming you're able to get through your commute with no road rage, go ahead and have a cup of coffee at work—it's the one part of your morning you're probably already doing right—and then, instead of the news, watch a video that will make you happy. Murphy Paul recommends this one.

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Feb 5, 2012 6:15 AM CST
"Sleepy" "groggy" and "wandering thoughts" sounds like my average working day. No wonder I'm so creative :)
Feb 4, 2012 9:44 PM CST
Why is drinking toxic coffee a good thing? Drink water! flush your system.
Feb 4, 2012 8:47 PM CST
well for on thing i would recommend not waking up to an alarm clock. it is just too jarring. totally discombobulated. not a good state to begin one's day. it interrupts the rem and dream that is being woven into one's consciousnes. not a good thing. i know that when i worked the 3rd shift, just to be safe, i would set my cell phone alarm to go off at 9:30pm. just before that occured my dogs would jump up on the ready, already anticipating that ring. i would then wake up for i could not stand the blare of an alarm. how do the dogs know that which i do not? we have a build in clock. as do our animal companions. we just have to be in tune with it. the groggy awakining is the time to sort out the dream one has just leapt out of. very confusing at times. a conglomeration of known places and known persons. yet unknown and unrecognized. who are they? where did they come from these people? these places? this maze that we seem to be unable to escape from. that is my dream life. no clocks. no alarms. just a magnificent phantasmargoria places not known, people not recognized, a room, a place, people . who are they? unable to get out safely. on a precipice. fear of heights and falling, fear of the vast unknown. great stuff. love my weird dreams. screw the alarm clock. it inturups my dreams.