Today I am in “list-making” and “planning” mode. Last night, I went to bed at my usual time around 10 p.m., but I just couldn’t get to sleep. So many thoughts and ideas racing through my mind. I guess when your brain gets into that really relaxed state without any distractions, it just gets super creative. I love the creative ideas that I come up with during these late night bouts of insomnia…. but I wish I could have these ideas during the day when I’m already up! On my About page, I say that I do my best thinking at 3 a.m., but really it happens just about any time I am trying to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.
Sometimes I just try to go back to sleep and hope that I remember everything the next day (I hardly ever do either- I am rarely able to fall right back to sleep, and when I do, I don’t remember anything in the morning.) I have a notepad by my bed, but since I can’t turn on the light for fear of waking my husband, I try scribbling stuff down in complete darkness. Not particularly helpful, as it ends up looking like this:
So last night, after about an hour and a half of not being able to turn my brain off, I decided that I might as well just get up and write stuff down and get it out of my head. I came downstairs, grabbed a legal pad and a couple of pads of Post-It Notes, and started my “brain dump.” Today I need to organize and make sense of all those scribbled down notes. They include new project ideas, some older ideas that I really need to just start working on, phone calls and emails I need to do today, plan for hosting a couples’ night here at our house, plans for stuff to do with my daughter tomorrow, technical stuff that I need to do with my website, ideas for ministry stuff that I’d like to do at my church…… See??? Total BRAIN DUMP!!!!!!!!
The thing is, I should get up in the middle of the night more often! It is really when I do my best thinking. Unfortunately, it requires the need for extra caffeine the next day… And now I need a couple of clones of myself to accomplish everything on my list…..
So, I have some questions for you today:
- *Do you have a time when you do your best thinking? When you are most creative?
- *Does this time occur naturally, or do you “plan” it into your day? (I wish I could plan “creative thinking” time- but so far I have not been able to discipline myself to do it.)
- *What do you do when you can’t fall asleep at night, or when you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you lay there for hours hoping to fall asleep? Count sheep? Get up and do something else??
By the way- look at what some of my peeps have been up to! Connie at Freemotion by the River made this Christmas-y table runner from my Happy Town fabric line. Honestly, I never would have thought to use the red and green prints in the line for a Christmas project!
If you have made a project using my fabric or patterns, send it to me and you may end up on my blog and/or Facebook page!