A concept you may be familiar with is understanding your bodies biorhythms and how that can affect your ability to create.
For example; are you a morning or evening person? Do you produce best just before or just after lunch?
Chances are you will have a time when it is best for you to do your creative work, and it will be different from any other person you know.
A Biorhythm is an attempt to predict various aspects of a person’s life through simple mathematical cycles.
While the science behind the concept of biorhythms, like any science and conventional wisdom, is open for debate; you need to experiment to see what works for you.
Think about yourself for a moment. Think about your day. How are you feeling? When do you feel the most awake, creative and alive? For me it’s not the first hour of the day. Even though this is when I do my morning pages.
I begin to wake after I have had some Yerba Maté. Many require coffee.
Although I am not a morning person I find that I am more creative at this time. I am writing this now in the morning, though I have been out of bed for over 90 minutes.
As I progress throughout the day, I will slip in to some sort of procrastination mode.
I will probably by the end of the day, start to feel guilty that I could have produced more, and therefore start to work on creating something new.
You need to understand your own body clock.
When to let your creativity will flow from within you and when it’s just time to relax. You can’t be creating all of the time, and you need to give your mind space to process your thoughts and create room for free ideas and creative actions.
Start to consciously notice when you do you best creative work. Write it down in a notebook – what time?, what you had eaten recently?, when did you last exercise?, how much sleep you got the night before? How does that change as your location changes?
Anything that could have an effect on your physical well-being can impact your ability to create.
Set aside different times of the day to see when you work the best. Try doing your creative work first thing in the morning, and then last thing at night the following day.
Continue to refine and test.
Just like finding your creative environment, and creative triggers, you need to learn when you body and mind is in it’s best state to create.
How does your biorhythm influence your creativity? Please let me know in the comments.
I hope you have enjoyed this series exploring how to find your creative zone. For anyone, creating anything, there is a need to put yourself in the create mindset as often as necessary. While removing distractions will go a long way towards making this happen, when you are able to put yourself in a creative environment, trigger your creativity and work when your body and mind is at it’s most creative, you will be able to produce some truly remarkable work.