For the last seven days I’ve tried to do something creative before breakfast.

I’ve enjoyed the challenge, and have found this a great way to kick-start my productivity for the day.

As someone who’s job is to be creative it’s sometimes a struggle to feel inspired sitting in front of monitor. And occasionally I find myself in a bit of a rut. I didn’t consciously decide to get creative before breakfast each day, it’s something I found myself doing. Then I decided to keep it going. And this last week my design work has flourished. Ideas have flown more naturally, designs are well thought out and balanced, and – of course – look great and solve the problems they were intended to.

I’m an early riser naturally and walk our dogs at 6am every day. It’s a beautiful, quiet time and a perfect opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the day. It’s during or shortly after these walks most of the pictures below were taking. The walk is a nice thirty minutes to observe, think, plan, and enjoy. If I haven’t taken some interesting pictures during my walk, just being out there and looking for those opportunities has me fired up. And when I get home there’ll be an idea in my head just waiting to jump out.

I think it just makes me look at the World from a keener perspective. As soon as I wake up my mind is engaged, I’m seeking out interesting details in a focussed way. And I’m carrying this through into my work and the rest of my day.

I’d recommend to anyone; just consider what you’re good at, or what you’d like to be good at. Then every morning take half an hour or so to do something to improve on that.

No one is stuck in a dead-end job they hate. If you want to write a book get up an hour early and write. If you want to get fit set the alarm for 6 instead of 7 and run for an hour. You get the idea!

But you can’t do everything. Have a clear achievable goal, and focus on one thing at a time. Do it. You’ll feel better for it.


Here are some of the things I’ve been up to before 7am this last week:

It all started last Friday when I noticed an interesting texture on a tree in the Woods. I realised that I walk this route almost every day but rarely stop to take notice of just how pretty everything is.

That’s when I decided to pay more attention in the mornings and be mindful of my surroundings. Why just plod along on autopilot? (even at 6am).

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