What’s your best time to get ideas? Do you write your best at the top of the day or evening? Or are you fitting writing into the cracks of your day? The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science is a helpful article. See where you’re at with ideation and writing.
Here are some key excerpts from the article by Kevan Lee:
- Research into the human body—its hormone allotment, its rhythms, and its tendencies—has found that there are certain times of day when the body is just better at performing certain activities.
- We know that willpower is a finite resource … A large body of research suggests that we have a limited reserve of willpower, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.
- Naturally, willpower is beneficial to the writing process, especially for those days when we’re just not in the mood to write. Mornings, then, make the most sense since willpower can be sapped throughout the day by any number of different stressors—work, school, kids, chores, etc.
- We know that the creative mind is an early riser and that the editing mind sleeps in. Bouts of creative writing might be easier to come by just after waking as this is the time of day when the prefrontal cortex is most active. A scientific study of brain circuits confirmed that this creative activity is highest during and immediately after sleep, while the analytical parts of the brain (the editing and proofreading parts) become more active as the day goes on.
- Creativity peaks in the morning as the creative connections in our brains are most active. If you believe that creativity is your best source for ideation, then the early morning should be your best time for new thoughts.
- (You may get your best ideas when groggy in the morning or tired in the evening.) We are able to see more opportunities and make connections with an open mind. When we are working in our ideal time of day, our mind’s focus is honed to a far greater degree, potentially limiting our creative options.
When is your best time of day to write? When do you come up with your best ideas?