Summary: People often talk about doing your creative work in the morning right when you wake up. As the day go by, there are more and more things keeping your mind busy as you are distracted by them throughout the day. I call this creativity drainage.
But even If you just woke up there are still MANY distractions you need to fight with to get yourself to do your most important and creative work. Each of those distraction taking getting you out of focus.
Here is how my way to creativity looked like this morning.
As writing these lines at 7:10AM in the morning I feel that my writing creativity is slowly going away. I fight myself to get this post done (“what it’s going to be about today? No idea at all!).
It’s 7:11AM, how many distractions you think I got since waking up at 6:17AM?
Woke up, turning off the alarm clock and seeing all on screen messages.
4 skype messages
2 What’sApp messages
1 LinkedIn update
Total: 7 distractions
Fighting myself not to go back to sleep as I didn’t manage to keep my early bed and early wake up routine.
I already have my phone in my hand ( Guess where I take it…admit it, you do it too!), I scan through my emails.
13 emails in 5.5 hours of sleep, that’s a normal rate. Scanning through them, nothing really important. Deleting 8.
Total: 13 distractions
Going out of the bathroom, seeing that it’s a beautiful day outside in Beijing, pollution free. “So, let’s just check what’s the pollution level now”. Just to know that the app supports what I see. It’s 74, relatively good!
Total: one more distraction!
Meditating for 10 minutes, trying to just be. Keep thinking about all the things I need to do today. extremely hard.
Making coffee, making some kitchen cleaning. Putting last nights’ soup in the fridge.
Sitting in front of the computer , Gmail is already open. Time to go through those 5 emails left from before.
Total: 5 distractions
a couple of more tabs left open from last night.
– Google analytics ( “Let’s just check the site stats for a minute”)
– Hootsuite (“Anybody RT me?”)
Total: 2 (Long!!) distractions.
Opened Facebook (NOOOO!!!!), see the messages. oh, and new likes on the page.
Guess what; Nothing exciting there for this morning. At least I had that anticipation for a minute. Oh, well.
Total: 4 distractions. 1 friend request, 3 notifications
Thinking what are my tasks for today and making myself go through that list of to do lists on Any.do
All this time I’m feeling less and less sharp and more and more distracted trying to get to the point to make myself write this post.
I managed to do this and start writing the post this morning. Feeling satisfied. Tomorrow is another day!
I have the same feeling every day. I’ve learned that the furthest it is since you wake up the harder it is to create. After those 54 minutes, I managed to control some of those distractions. Close tabs, no more anticipation for exciting new messages or emails that never arrive.
What works the best, is starting the day without dealing with all those distractions (Which is extremely hard), this is when your creativity is at it’s highest and creativity drainage haven’t started. Just wake up, meditate and start your day!
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Now Over to you
How do your mornings look like? What are the distractions you are fighting with and how you prevent them from disturbing you?
Share that in the comments, i’d love to hear.
Image credit by Syeefa Jay