I'm a blog junkie.
I love reading through endless streams of blogs on productivity, "life hacks," design tips, zen habits, and other things that could potentially make my life better, if I just did them instead of read them! In the day and age of sharing, where the individual and the community is almost one and the same over the internet, it's interesting to see how different people operate—particularly creative people.
Creative people are an odd bunch. Being creative, in and of itself, just means that you're able to see things and make connections in ways nobody else does. Being creative is being clever, and everybody can be creative. But being a creative professional is another story entirely. Suddenly, this phenomenon known as "creativity," which we Americans have grown up to believe is something magical like a visit from a unicorn, must be harnessed, saddled up, tamed, trained, and put to work on a day-to-day basis. And for most people, that's when it gets hard. The clashing of creativity, long believed to be something that just came to you like a bolt of lightning, with the grind of routine is so irritating that it leaves a lot of people (students in particular!) feeling stuck, lost, and alone. That's why I read so many damn help-blogs and not do a damn thing about it.
So when I saw an article titled The 1-Step Plan for Super-Productivity, you bet I had to read it! To sum it up, the one step is simply getting up early.
I don't like getting up early. I am a self-professed and long-proven night owl, and I can be most productive at night! That's when all the ideas come! Sort of! Besides, I can be more productive without distractions, no matter what time of the day!
And then it hit me why waking up early is such a good idea.
Even though I tend to get my ideas late at night and that's when my mind tends to race, that's when everybody else is up, too. I'm a night owl among night owls, and with IMs pinging left and right I can hardly get anything done. And it's not like I pull myself away from it, either. I will fully own up to my weakness of talking to everybody on the internet! So despite my great distaste, I guess I'll try waking up earlier.
I can already see the benefits. Nothing but sleep comes before waking up early, and if I give myself enough time between sleeping and having to go to class, my mind will be empty enough to concentrate on things I need to do, like write a term paper or finalize the concept for my final project. Then, later on, when I've had all my experiences of the day and there are lots of things to distract me, I can start on the easier aspects of a project, like building it if it's physical, or moving it around in InDesign or Illustrator or what have you. Just don't make me concentrate when I've got all the internets goin' on, nothing will happen, I know this, and I'm going to work with it instead of against it.
It is not 1:10 AM. At the rate I'm going at, I'll be asleep by 2AM. I'll try to be up at 8AM. I can't guarantee a damn thing, but I can try?
I can try!