Monday, June 22, 2009

Early mornings stifle creativity?

So, originally I wasn't actually going to put up a new post this week. I just haven't been able to think of anything to write about. I admit, I didn't exactly "try hard", but let's be serious, you're not supposed to have to try hard to come up with a blogging topic. Usually if I have to really search for a topic, I end up writing just to write something, and it's feels forced and not so good. As I was trying to figure out why I couldn't seem to come up with anything, I realized it's because early mornings kill creativity. Here, I made a chart to make sure it's clear.


Bottom axis is supposed to be wake up time. I realize now that I should have made the time go forward...but I wanted the creativity to go downwards, so...anyways, it's already made, and I'm not about to go back and fix it.

I remember never being a believer in the old saying "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." It wasn't until I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, that I realized how the saying's supposed to go. If memory serves me well (usually doesn't), the quote goes something like this: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes." I've had to get up early for the last week and a half to use a machine that is always booked during the day by other people. Since everyone else seems to realize that getting up early actually makes you a worse person, the early morning times are usually free and I've taken up scheduling them. On a side note, there is a computer set up in this lab so you can get on the Internet while the machine is running. It's a Mac. This is my excuse for the lack of quality images in this post. After an epic battle with the mac version of excel and then photoshop, I was able to get the graph made. I'm not willing to risk my life trying to make any other sort of graphics. I did, however, find an icon labeled time machine...I will most likely double click it at some point after I post this, so if you never see me again, I probably died in the future, or the past. Hard to say which, given my Mac-using abilities.

7 comments:

Katherine said...

Say "Hi" to Doc Brown for me, would ya? Love that guy.

Amy said...

Your graph would so totally have come in handy if you had published it eight months ago while I was teaching the Manipulating Statistical Representations section in my class...

Kristin M. Bates said...

okay, so I laughed most of my way through this post. I think I actually do better early, but early as in around 7-8 am. I just get excited about leaving work earlier since I arrived earlier.

Maybe you should leave work earlier and the excitement will provide inspiration?

Kip said...

I don't know which epic battle would have been more entertaining, Murt vs. Mac or Lamar vs. Printer. Both have to be instant clastics.

Jess said...
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Jess said...

What the h@%#. I get up at 6 am every day and I am the d%&$ nicest, creative person I know. You can kiss my A#*#*$%.

Sorry I couldn't help my self and I am aware that the last curse doesn't make sense:)

Trent & Emma said...

There was another great version of the retire to thine bed early sort of thing, it seems like it was revealed to Joseph Smith or something like that, from an irresputable Source. It's something I still need to work at though. Xavier could also learn something from that lesson.