5 morning habits of highly creative people

We all admire those people who just seem to pull amazing ideas off the top of their heads, and whose visions change the way we look at the world. 

Whether your creative hero is Steve Jobs, Andy Warhol or Coco Chanel, there are some things all creative people have in common when starting off their day.

If you’re looking to get into a creative industry, or are just battling creative block, try these five morning habits of creative people.

1. Wake up early

Yes, really. Admittedly not all creative people are also morning people – Kafka routinely pulled all-nighters when writing – but the majority are early risers. Georgia O’Keefe, Mozart and Ernest Hemingway are just a few examples.

Rising with the sun (or even before) is a great way to avoid any and all distractions, and get the creative juices flowing.

2. Have a strong cup of coffee

While creatives are often known for their substance abuse, we recommend a good, strong cup of Joe to get your synapses firing in the morning. A heavy dose of caffeine was an essential part of Beethoven and Kierkegaard’s morning routines.

3. Stick to a schedule

Speaking of routines, since you now have more time in the morning, develop a series of rituals and stick to them. You might decide to work for a certain number of time before taking a break, or you might eat a very specific breakfast in a specific cafe each day. The theory is that by training yourself to memorise a daily routine, your mind will be freed up for creative thoughts to take over.

4. Hit the gym

While the benefits of working out are many, creative people benefit from the focus it gives them and the time to unplug from our over-stimulated world. So go for a morning run, or take an early yoga class. Make it part of your morning routine.

5. Take a walk

Walking, especially in natural settings, has long been associated with productivity and creativity. So if you can’t make it to the gym in the morning, we recommend walking to work if you can or even just walking the dog.

By Reenat Sinay