Utilizing your clutter-free, groggy morning mind for creativity

If you’re anything like me, you wake up in the morning and immediately reach for your phone or iPad.

The draw of “checking-in” every morning with what you may have missed during the night – the status updates, Instagram photos, Snapchats, tweets, emails, and so on – is too enticing not to pull you in, blurry eyed and groggy.

But when the first stimulus our mind receives in the day are these bits of information, of everything we need to get caught up on, or reply to, or experience a little bit for ourselves, these things clutter up our consciousness before it’s even had time to embrace the day.

I used to believe my morning routine wouldn’t affect my ability to think, at least not too much.

But I decided one week to try an experiment: I would wake up and not even look at my phone or the computer. Instead, I would get out of bed, stretch, shower, meditate, and only after all of those things in succession would I check-in on everything related to the Internet.

And this approach has worked remarkably well for me. On the very first morning of not looking at my phone, I found myself standing in the shower with my mind filling to the brim with ideas on how to solve problems at work, how to overcome roadblocks in my life, and more.

The problem is that our minds are their most delicate in the morning. Sleep during the night has cleared out any by-products of the day before, and the result is that we can think more clearly (and more creatively) if we only allow our morning mind to “sync” with everything our subconsciousness has sorted through during the night.

This isn’t a new concept by any means, we know that early morning showers help spark ideation.

However, the subtle act of not consuming any information first thing in the morning can be incredibly rewarding.

Try it as an experiment yourself, beginning today or tomorrow. See just how your mind reacts when there isn’t updates, tweets, or emails to ruminate on during the raw hours of the morning.