Creativity Starts in the Evening

Leonid Afremov

I always have the good intention of going to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep. It’s not until closer to midnight or 1 a.m. that I slip under the covers. I could say it’s bad habits, unhealthy sleep patterns, or old age. I’d probably be right on all three counts. 

But I find that as the evening progresses I find more and more things to read and research and update than during the daylight hours.

Unconsciously — or maybe consciously — I relegate the daylight for activities. Cleaning house. Grocery shopping. Weeding the garden. Visiting the grandkids. Even though I’m retired I feel like I should always be “doing” something during the day so I don’t turn into a slug.

But then evening comes.  Evening is my favorite time of the day. Every day.

TV has been a bust lately. Hubby’s not home three or four times a week. Dishes are done, laundry is folded. It’s magic time.

Of course, I don’t have a lot of energy going into the evening, but I push through anyway, and sure enough, a second wind comes along about 10 p.m. That doesn’t bode well for a long, good night’s sleep … but I can’t seem to resist.

I love reading other blogs. I love researching artists for my blog. I enjoy editing things I’ve written. I enjoy looking around for something to write about. I enjoy exploring other art galleries. And I love doing it in the peace and quiet of the evening. I look out the window, keeping an eye on a beautiful sunset, having an evening snack — what could be more productive?

I just should learn to be productive before  7 p.m. Not 11 p.m.

When is your most creative time of the day?

21 thoughts on “Creativity Starts in the Evening

  1. Right after coffee around 6 am. Or while walking the dog soon after, or in the shower. I try to follow through on the idea right away, before I start to think it’s silly, or no good. That would be a good way to stifle further creativity. All ideas are good, some just don’t work out the way you hope.

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  2. A nice read and for me too anytime is good time. Lot of work all during the day and when I rest at times sit on my blog and read bloggers posts and usually comment as they write so beautifully and inspiring and they too reciprocate, feels good.

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  3. It varies. I get great ideas lying in bed waiting to go to sleep. Sometimes I find solutions to problems with my projects at that hour. Sometimes I wake up with a creative thought. But the best hours for the actual making are late morning and early afternoon.

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