The Creative Night Owl

The Creative Night Owl

Am I the only one who is more productive at night? It’s 9:27pm and my rush of productivity started around 7pm. I don’t know why, but for some reason my mind works better later in the day. I think it’s the after math of being the ultimate procrastinator as a student….my brain is trained to work fearlessly at night.

The creative process can be frustrating because creativity is not something you can just turn on. It takes time and the right environment. The right environment for me can sometimes involve going out and about, but most times it involves sitting in my bed with early 2000s jams blasting, the scent of a strong, fruity candle, and the warm glow of the gold lights that line my window. This is my happy place, where I feel safe, and where I am able to focus my thoughts on the creative process.

While my bed time productivity kick might not be for everyone, finding an environment where you feel inspired and can allow your thoughts to run free is incredibly important in the creative process. I feel like we are constantly put in boxes through the daily structure of society, but allowing your mind to explore beyond the box and wander into chaos is essential for creating. I even wake up in the middle of the night with inspiration or new ideas….it’s strange. Maybe it has something with dreaming and letting go while our minds wander freely into places that we are resistant to exploring.


Through my experience with school, it’s been clear to me that a lot of people don’t understand how I think. Heck, I didn’t even understand my own mind for the longest time. The creative process can be incredibly draining. It can suck all the life out of you. If I’m on a kick I’ll stay up past midnight writing and running on inspiration, only to wake up feeling lifeless the next day. Or if I’m stuck in a situation where I need inspiration, but my creative gears aren’t turning….this can turn into an exhausting day. I’ll spend all day racking my brain for new ideas or that spark of creativity, only to be defeated by the pressure I’ve put on myself. Basically, you have to run at full force with the creativity when it hits.

My odd productive hours and the exhaustion of the creative process have made it a struggle to set boundaries for myself. This is something I am working on, but I value that I am able to embrace my creative place and discover inspiration from the comfort of my own tiny apartment. I hope your kick of productivity comes at a more convenient hour…but if you’re reading this right now I’m guessing not. Creative night owls unite!

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Emily is the founder of The Honest Consumer which shares the stories of social enterprises, spreads the word of ethically made goods, and empowers consumers. She also founded Anxiously Awake to encourage the mental health conversation and create a community people sharing a similar struggle.

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