Creative Juices

Scott Adams:

During those same years [that  I was starting businesses], I discovered that my most creative time was in the morning. I assumed it had something to do with alleged circadian rhythms, coffee consumption, the proximity to REM sleep, or the fact that there were fewer distractions. By the afternoon, I was lucky if I had enough brainpower left to operate my car. My new theory is that I have very little food in my stomach during the morning, and the onset of hunger is spiking my creative energy. I’m in hunter/gather mode. Then I eat lunch, and it’s nap time.

He might be on to something here. That pretty much explains my day precisely and it has for about all of my working life. It’s why early on I was eating lunch as late in the day as possible. I used to eat around 1 PM. When I started working for the Court, I ate around noon, but that’s because I was getting up earlier and I was really just too hungry to continue beyond that point (my day was done at 3).

Now, I’m slowly getting back to my 1 PM time slot and if I have meetings, I schedule them around 1, 2 and 3 PM as best I can. That’s because meetings are usually useless and don’t require much brain power anyway. I’d rather waste my time with no energy than waste my time while I have energy.

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