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I have huge respect for my colleague Nigel. He is one of the leading thinkers and writers in Monitoring and Evaluation. I really like his pragmatism, helping NGOs come to workable, realistic solutions. I think part of his creativity comes from his morning routine. He tells me that “I really only work in the mornings. That is my most creative time. I don’t really ‘work’ in the afternoons. I use that time for doing emails or meetings”.

 

His approach mirrors many accomplished and creative people like Charles Darwin who would often declare by noon that “I’ve done a good day’s work” and Charles Dickens who went very long walks most afternoons. The brain is more creative in the morning, particularly first thing when our mental inhibitors have not started censoring our wilder ideas and before we get distracted by other things.

 

  • This week, how might we shift our work patterns to enable us to do our most creative work in the mornings?

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