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Simple But Powerful Hacks To Boost Your Creativity In The Morning
By Mikelle Leow, 15 May 2017
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It’s awesome being creative. Having that spark invigorates you and fills you with tremendous power. Unfortunately, you can’t just squeeze out fantastic ideas as and when you want. It hits you at the strangest of times—rarely in the waking hours—and leaves without warning.
If you’ve hardly ever felt inspired in the morning, Justin Kerby—founder of digital marketing agency Cave Social—has some great news. In a brilliant article he’s written for Jeff Bullas, he talks about seven scientifically proven hacks that will help maximize your creative juices right after you get up from bed.
Read on to discover how to kick-start your morning and creative brain. Check out Kerby’s article to learn more.
1. Stop hitting the snooze button
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As much as you don’t want to hear this, you have to stop hitting that snooze button and make it a habit to wake up at a set time. If you have trouble doing so, work towards achieving that goal by figuring out how much sleep you personally need.
You could push your work time to a later part of the day, but scientific research by the Journal of Neurophysiology proves that your brain actually runs more creatively in the morning.
Procrastinating may also result in overlapping deadlines, which can make you feel even more unmotivated to get to work and eventually burn you out.
2. Wait an hour before you consume caffeine
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Good news: you can have your coffee, but just wait at least an hour before you get a cup.
Your brain’s cortisol levels are at their highest when you wake up, which is when most people reach for some coffee. This, unfortunately, isn’t the best idea if you want to start thinking more creatively.
Once your body is accustomed to having caffeine in the morning, it becomes unhealthily reliant on it. Your body will then produce less cortisol, removing some of the natural boost you’d normally receive in the morning.
The simple solution? “Consume your caffeine at least an hour after you wake up,” Kerby says. “This way, you’ll both be producing cortisol and benefitting from the caffeine boost that we’ve all grown accustomed to (and maybe even a little obsessed with).”
3. Write by hand and do it without intention
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You don’t have to write for a living in order to put your thoughts onto paper. Research has shown that just a few minutes of writing by hand can calm your nerves and boost your memory.
New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss is known to loyally stand by this morning habit, which was originally introduced by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way. In it, she explains, “Once we get [our] muddy, maddening, confusing thoughts on the page, we face our days with clearer eyes.”
4. Listen to music for 10 minutes
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Try listening to music during your morning shower or when you’re having your breakfast—just 10 minutes will make all the difference. A recent study has proven that music helps to stimulate the part of the brain that monitors emotions, creativity, and motor actions.
Learn more life hacks over at Jeff Bullas’ blog.
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