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Always Hitting The Snooze Button? Science Says It’s Linked To Your Creativity

Always Hitting The Snooze Button? Science Says It’s Linked To Your Creativity

You no longer have to feel like you are not a productive member of society if you enjoy your sleep. It’s a basic human necessity. Every time you poke the snooze button, you make a bold statement that deviates from the norm. When you get the amount of sleep that you want instead of doing what’s politically correct, you’re doing your fair share for humanity’s evolution. In a world of patterns and programs, you break the standard by living progressively.

Changing the course of evolution

Following the circadian rhythm pattern of our ancestry is what most people do, but not you. We are all familiar with the feeling of wanting to sleep in no matter what the incentive is, it’s still far too tempting to get an extra 10, 20, or 30 minutes of sleep. You’ll be glad to know that there is a method to your madness.

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The usual thing for your body to do is stay on a normal circadian rhythm. research has found that those who deviate from this have greater intelligence and creativity. Sleeping in is more than just being lazy. When you decide you’re going to get extra rest and you make the decision of when to get up, you’re actually creating new evolutionary patterns that progressed the human race.

The study called “Why night owls are more intelligent” proposes that ancient ancestors likely did not participate in routine nocturnal activities. The study suggested if you’re staying up to burn the midnight oil, you’re more likely to be intelligent. It was found as a part of the study’s conclusion that “evolutionary novel” people are more intelligent for making their own choices despite the genetic predisposition to obey your circadian rhythm.

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Extra sleep for your creative genius

The study showed that creative problem solving shows that creativity generally comes from a non-conventional attitude to look for alternative solutions. In conclusion, the early risers may wake up early, but the late risers wake up more creative. The world needs this creativity to develop innovative solutions. Get your rest, let your creativity express itself, and know that you are doing a good thing for humanity.

If you consider yourself a night owl, be proud of the fact that you’re more likely to score higher than an early riser on an inductive reasoning text. This was concluded by researchers at the University of Madrid. Inductive reasoning tests convey the general intelligence and academic performance of an individual. This science is also based upon the fact that in ancient times, nocturnal activities would be considered rare and attract the attention of those who are inquisitive.

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Rid your mind of any negative connotations that you may have associated with sleeping in. You’re more likely to be a high income earner as a person who takes advantage of late night thinking. The University of Madrid also made the connection that scoring higher on an inductive reasoning test is linked to higher income.

A study conducted by the University of Southampton proved that those who stay up late at night are increasingly more likely to live comfortably, have more intellectual jobs, as well as possess a vehicle. Consider yourself an extroverted creative, if the night calls to you and makes the early morning rise less appealing.

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It’s a relief to get rid of all of the negative ideas you may have associated with sleeping late and letting yourself hit the snooze button for the third time. So, continue to stay up late and let your creative mind take over because it’s the reason why you’re still up anyway. The snooze button is still your friend. Just think of how productive and inventive you’ll be once you get up.

Featured photo credit: Diogo A. Figueira via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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