if you read enough books on how to optimize or gain the most time being productive, it still amazes me how the rules appear the same, yet how few people seem to just get caught up in bad habits of “too busy” life and take the time to do them. one simple one is to get up before the rest of the planet and use those hours before most of the world wakes to get a whole lot accomplished.
there are two reasons for it. the first is that you don’t have the distractions and demands on your time with the quiet. the second is that your mind is actually in its most creative and uncluttered state. if you want your best ideas, simply brainstorm first thing in the morning.
I used to be more of a night owl and prescribed to the idea that to be more creative you had to be in the mood and feel like it. I am not going to say the process works, but I will say that for the few moments of hyper-creativity, upon switching the idea to brainstorming upon waking, the overall quantity and quality of ideas grew exponentially.
there also was a third and unexpected benefit with creativity and dawn, and that is watching the sunrise over the horizon as if to ask, “it's a new day, yesterday is gone, what do you want to do with your life today?” while I prefer sunrises and sunsets in the elevation of a plane, you can get a similar effect on the ground. now that I think about it, I remember clearing the land out west and there was no way to get up to the top of the mountain, so I literally would have to take a few trips slugging the chainsaws and supplies up what is a decent incline and my reward for that day was making a cup of coffee while the sun crested over the horizon in the rocky mountains.
while I would rather sit and noodle ideas, I guess the same idea can be said for starting the day early. in business and with globalization, it is very easy to work around the clock. about the only problem I have is when the world shifts daylight savings time and remembering the two states that do not. it is like last night, I think Briton is +6 hours ahead, and I realized it was only 5. c’est lavie. then depending on where in the world you are, there is that odd mathematical game…is Singapore one hour behind Tokyo? or the same? (I do appreciate with the internet and mobile devices, you don’t need a watch anymore)
speaking of watches, I am interested in watching how we keep track of the one resource we all have equal amounts of if we are alive, that being, 24 hours in a day. upon waking early, I think a habit forms where you are far more productive and get more done than if you sleep in later. Europe has a much more relaxed view of life than what I have experienced in most of the USA. I am not sure if it is because one culture works to live, the other lives to work? but this morning, the cool spring air and the birds chirping and calling each other is a wonderful thing to hear. in a few hours it will be the noise of engines and other implements of modern convenient life.
I have no problem with robots taking over the things that simply are not too much fun and freeing up the time to work and create ideas.
this morning, I have a variety of structures, growing spaces and the idea for the mobile skunkworks that can travel around the globe. I think that idea simply comes from the idea that on our planet the idea of staying in one spot still seems to be the norm. your community, life, trade, occupation still are seemingly set in planting yourself in one spot. maybe that is why I really don’t seem to fit into that mold. what I spend my time thinking about and doing, appears to be very different than the norm.
I just don’t fit in well with current affairs that are television shows, movies, concerts and sports. it is not that I don’t think the ideas are ok, but rather, I guess when you worked and did the parts to ask “why?” the parts all come together and get your answers, you want to do something different and new…to grow and create, not just sit and watch.
if you want to do that…get up early. it doesn’t guarantee you will be successful, but it does guarantee you probably will get more done, be more productive, and overall get more of a peaceful pace to life. A few years ago there was some visualization graphs for various creatives and how their day was broken down. what I found interesting is there really was no pattern for each, except the discipline to consistently work on their craft each day. in my most productive phase of life, I really didn’t want to sleep as the internet was changing, and all the digital world was a reality where dreams and ideas could be automated to do things you would need 500 pairs of synchronized hands to do…
if you click on that blurb, you will see what my life was like then. It is a bit different now, in that life is a smidgen more balanced. it is also interesting that at that time in my life, the idea of spirituality was minimal…in hindsight, I would suggest you take your first moments to meditate and go inside yourself before you brainstorm. that is about the one piece of wisdom I would leave you with today….take that time…to be still in yourself and learn to let most of the distractions in life fall away and walk the path of that which really is important with your time.
my brain today is coming to a place where a lot of idea all have to blend. the world wants everything in pretty documented form, of which, I confess, this distillation is painful for me, as it forces me to take unlimited possibilities and come up with that one base platform where much can be created from. it is actually how years of work has us now in a place where creating tools and technologies where plants and people can grow and change in pristine controlled environments.
doing that in the beauty of nature, away from the distractions of man’s daily life…would really be a cool space. have a great day.