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What do you do in the morning that inspires you?
Creativity depends on hard-nosed routines, but also needs to be inspired on a regular basis. I’m definitely a morning person, so a lot of my inspiration comes in the AM. Here are a few things I do to ensure I’m getting my morning jolt of inspiration.
For me, I enjoy working in a coffee shop, at least for part of the day. I like the smell of coffee and the constant stream of people coming and going. For whatever reason, the white noise helps me concentrate fully on my task. Oh, and the caffeine helps too.
I make it a habit to visit some of these sites:
- LifeRemix – Only the best lifestyle blogging in the world. (Of course, I might be slightly biased. I did co-found it.
- Google Reader – Ok, so this is my “gateway” site. I have a few sites that I follow every day in the reader, but the really cool aspect of GReader that’s grown on me is Friend Recommendations. When friends share links, I find about 95% of them to be interesting and relevant to me. It’s like having a personal recommendation system sending me interesting news and articles.
- Ffffound! [now defunct] Is one of the best sites dedicated to inspiring and creative photography. Simply fantastic.
- Seth’s Blog – Seth Godin probably doesn’t need any introduction. Just know that I read him religiously.
Whether it’s a run or just a short walk, I have to have some sort of exercise in the morning. I do my best thinking while moving, and if I can’t have that time to jump-start my mind, then I’m a lost cause.
I make it a habit to read every morning and reflect, at least for 15 minutes. This habit has probably had the most profound impact on my life, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.
Ok, so that’s my morning. What about you?