Design Your Schedule So Your Creative Duties Are When You're Tired

Ever wonder why that brilliant idea always comes right before you fall asleep or when you're standing half awake in the shower? According to a recent study in the journal Thinking & Reasoning it's because you're more creative when you're feeling groggy.

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In the study, researchers had students complete problem-solving tasks at various points in the day. The student's biggest insights came during their least optimal time of functioning. As a recommendation, the researchers suggest students design their schedules so their creative classes are during these non-optimal points in the day. For many, this is first thing in the morning or during that post-lunch brain slump. For non-students, the same advice makes sense and you can plan your brainstorming time when you're the most tired.

If those creative bursts come at strange times when you don't have a pen and paper handy, consider solutions like, a waterproof notepad for the shower, an IKEA table that's actually a giant notepad, or a memory trick to remember your creative thoughts before falling asleep.

You're most creative when you're at your groggiest [BPS Research Digest]

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