What time of day are you most creative?

Especially for night owls, working in the early mornings can boost your creativity

I am NOT a morning person. I regularly tell my husband I can’t be held accountable for anything I say before food and coffee. So help me god, there is no way to make me more grumpy than to ask me a question before I’ve eaten.

So when, in the book I’m reading about the habits of creative people and the science behind them*, the author made the argument that the best creative work happened in the morning, I promptly laughed and wrote off the chapter. Sure. Maybe *Charles Dickens* was creative in the morning but that was definitely not happening over here.

But then, the author got my attention. He claimed that scientists have found that night owls are actually uniquely suited to doing creative work in the morning. During our circadian low points in the day (mornings for night people and late afternoon for morning people), our inhibitions are lower. This allows us better access to our subconscious and “out there” ideas that our analytical brain would usually shoot down.

So I figured I had little to lose by at least trying it out. For the past week, I’ve sat down for two hours each morning, and it has been… not horrible? In fact, it was kind of (gasp) nice? I felt way better having accomplished something by lunch instead of feeling stressed about procrastinating things. I’ve also been more consistently productive — previously I’d go in bursts of productivity which made me feel like I was on an emotional roller coaster.

It’s only been a week so we’ll see if I keep it up, but early results are unexpectedly promising!

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