I am not a morning person

And like most people who aren’t keen on waking up before dawn, I believe that mornings are best spent in bed, under the sheets, far, far away from loud noises and bright lights. So why have I made it my mission to wake up at 5:30 am for the foreseeable future (even when I have no commitments that would otherwise require me to get out of bed at such an ungodly hour)? Easy, it’s because I am not a morning person. Continue reading

Routine

Just the word conjures thoughts of monotony and stagnation, of office drones stuck in dead-end jobs. But routine doesn’t have to be associated with the slow flickering death of creativity. Routine can actually help bring more creativity into your life and get you closer to your goals much faster than any haphazard anti-schedule.

That’s not to say spontaneity doesn’t play an important role in our lives. I believe that spontaneity is the mother of all creativity. A willingness to let go of all assumptions and try new things, to try old things with a different mindset, to throw caution to the wind and take risks, and to step into uncertainty forces us to think in new ways and innovate. But without routine, it’s difficult to harness that creativity to get closer to our goals. Continue reading