How to maximise your creativity in the mornings and start your day right?
What should you do with your extra time in the morning?
How to start your day off the right way?
And finally, what are the best creative things to do in the morning to start your day inspired?
In this post, you will find the creative answers you are looking for. You will also realise that starting your day off the right way is the one most important thing you should for yourself every day.
Why having a morning routine is so important?
Many people do that.
And they miss out on something fundamental!
They miss out on the opportunity to change their lives starting this morning.
But why changing your morning habits is so crucial?
Our bodies run on cycles, and we call them circadian rhythms. They last around 24 hours each and are self-sustained. In other words, this is your body clock. (Source)
But, you see, your body clock doesn’t show up only when you wake up at the same time every day without an alarm or feel sleepy every evening at the same time.
The most interesting thing is that your body rhythm shows up for everything in-between too. Such as your willpower.
Your willpower is at its strongest in the morning. That’s the time when your mind is ready to take an important decision, make drastic changes with your life, accept bad news easier, find the strength to defend yourself in an argument, your memory works faster than ever, and so on.
Simply put, your mind is at its sharpest in the morning.
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So how creativity in the morning helps you win the day?
We live in a creative world.
Whatever your job is, it requires creativity.
Need to make a decision at your workplace? Creativity is your must-have.
Are you proposing a new business idea? You must find an intriguing and creative way to make it look attractive to your boss/business partner/manager/etc.
Have a family problem to solve? If you approach it with a creative mind, then chances are you’ll find the solution faster.
Starting your day in a creative day is inspiring and motivates you to get up and do stuff. That’s why you love Pinterest, for example. Being inspired is what gives colors to your life.
So, let’s get creative from the very start of your day.
What are the top creative things you could do every morning to start your day inspired?
I’ve listed 5 things you could do every morning to maximise your creativity. You don’t have to be a professional in any of them. Your job isn’t to be perfect while practising an art. Your job is just to create it. That’s it.
1. Brain Dump/ Morning Pages or a Gratitude Journal
The first creative thing to do in the morning to start your day off right is to do a brain dump or write morning pages.
Many creators have spoken about the benefits of writing early in the morning. Your mind is still clear, and by poking the right part of your brain (that answers for creativity), you open yourself to new ideas, resolutions and intuitive decisions. Very often you will find out that your best ideas hide after the first few paragraphs you write.
Actually, it doesn’t matter how much you write. You just need to start scribing down the first thing that comes into your mind and go from there.
Alternatively, you could write a gratitude list. That’s my favorite thing to do if I feel like morning mages aren’t my thing some mornings. I’ve also listed some gratitude journals that do wonders for you here.
Gratitude is probably the only thing I will ever push you to do no-matter-what. Its benefits in your life are absolutely incredible. A simple list of things you appreciate in your life and you cannot buy with money is your shortest way to achieving happiness.
Writing gratitude lists has helped me fight depression, get over hardships in life, manifest love, prosperity, achieve dreams and visualize the future. All with the words “I am grateful for…”
If practicing daily gratitude isn’t something you’ve ever tried, this will help you get started.
2. Read a page from an inspirational book
Do you know what I miss from my days in the past when I was working in an office outside my home?
I miss reading a chapter of an inspirational book and thinking about what I’ve learnt on the way to work.
It’s not like I don’t read a chapter a day now (ok, not every morning, but most of them). It’s the reflecting moment after that. What did I like about it? Do I agree or disagree? How does that information change me? Could it change my day? My life?
You see, it’s not the act of reading you aim for, but the reflection afterwards. If a book doesn’t stay in your mind you’ve read a few pages.. don’t bother coming back to it later, it isn’t your book at the moment.
For morning reading I suggest you go for a book with small chapters – a page or two is the best. No one has half an hour to read 15 pages of a book every morning, and it’s always nice to see an end of a story.
One of my most favourite books for reading in the morning is Robin Sharma’s Who Will Cry When You Die.
If you’ve never heard of Robins Sharma, now is the time to start listening.
Robin Sharma is one of the best motivational speaker, leadership expert, a bestselling author with over 15 million books sold all over the world. He is the author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title.
The book I recommend for morning read is Who Will Cry When You Die. Don’t get frustrated with the title; its profound truth will blow your mind. The book consists of small chapters that are meant to be read one at a time. Every chapter gives you either a fundamental truth or a life lesson you’ve forgotten or never heard of.
Other books I recommend for a morning read:
- The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly
- The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
3. Define Your Most Important Goals for The Day
But no matter how long a journey is, it always starts with one small step. And then another one. And another one. Doing the small things – one at a time will give you better results than rushing through the things and trying to catch up.
Robin Sharma says: “Small daily improvements when done consistently over time lead to stunning results.”
Create your action plan and pick one thing at a time, one battle a day.
Every morning think about the different ways to achieve your Big Daily Goal. That’s where creativity comes in. Devote 5 minutes to looking at the goal and the different ways you could slay it.
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4. Creative Visualisation
Visualise your day ahead. What’s going to happen? Who are you going to meet? What are you going to say? What’s the best outcome of that day? Visualise the best way it could go. Spend 5-10 minutes doing powerful visualisation of your day.
We, as living creatures, vibrate on a specific frequency. Our thoughts vibrate on a particular frequency. The idea of the visualization is to raise your vibration. The higher the vibration – the better results in life.
With this creative practice every morning, you manifest the best day ahead. Of course, just visualisation won’t make your day amazing, but if you aren’t on the required frequency, you won’t achieve the results you want.
Your body, your daily actions and your life depend on one thing only – your thoughts. Look at your life, and you will see your thoughts. Create the right thoughts, and you will create the life you want.
5. Find your inspirational affirmation for the day
Every morning create your own affirmation for that day. Visualize the perfect outcome and create your affirmation. Use that affirmation as a weapon against negative feelings or to support positive vibes.
For example, if I feel tired and not in a mood to chase any goal, I might create an affirmation that “tricks” my brain into doing more than I wish and feeling better than I do. I could tell myself “I feel energised and ready to do my best today. I am willing to move towards my goal/dream, and I will get things done, no matter what.”
Once I tell myself this for a few times two things will happen: 1) I will feel stupid and 2) somehow the power of the words will give me a small boost of energy, and the more I stick to the affirmation during the day the more I will feel it becomes my reality.
If you need help with creating affirmations or prefer using ready-made simple sentences, I suggest you have a look at Louise Hay’s “Power Thoughts: 365 Daily Affirmations”. Her words are magical and full of positivity. I guarantee you’ll find exactly what you need.
Final thoughts on creative things to do every day
These are the top 5 things I recommend you do every morning. Start slowly and pick one or two for tomorrow morning. Leave a small note on your mirror, bed-side table or next to your phone, so you don’t forget. Experiment with yourself and your creativity. It might take a while to develop these good habits, but once you do it – life becomes so much better.