I am not sure why, perhaps it is through years of training and disciplining myself, but the first moments of the day upon waking are the most productive ideas for creative ideas. I tend to guard this time jealously. Many people don't realize "why?"
This wasn’t always the case. I think I was like many people who had ideas; you just waited around until you were hit by inspiration or some moment and then started working. If memory serves me, for years I thought I was a night owl of sorts. The reality of that is during that time of my life I was working mundane jobs to save the money to build up ideas and a lab. My time seemed to be late at night scribbling the ideas into notebooks.
When I started to try to understand the process of creativity and the various ways one can innovate, it became more apparent that the people doing the work were less and less mad scientists, and more and more someone like an athlete or a musician trying to improve their performance. The same rules hold true for creativity.
There is an old adage to luck that goes, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.”
In hindsight, when I started to apply the rules and times of the day that researchers say were the optimal times, I really did start to come up with more and better ideas.
The cost for this is that when I go off in the morning brainstorm, I will be mentally fried by the time most people are getting their cup of coffee and sitting down to figure out what to do for the day of work.
The problem has been trying to integrate into the normal world that is happy to just go along with the meander of the water in the stream of life. There is nothing wrong if this is the path one desires and chooses for life, but if another person desires to create and work on ideas in an ever-changing world that is dynamic…one probably will look a bit like a mad scientist.
Call it occupational hazard?
One can’t change the world, just oneself within that world. Sort of like being a message in a bottle in the vastness of the ocean or sea – somehow you float.