How to Write a Hit Song in Your Sleep.
Most mornings I wake up, chug a black coffee, then immediately write furiously in flow from 5:30am to 7:30am.
This beautiful two-hour window of uninterrupted productive creativity (or creative productivity) usually results in around 2000 publishable words.
So I've often got a small win under my belt by the time most people are just getting out of bed.
However, here's a great reason to stay in bed (as if you needed one, right?):
It's called the Hypnopompic State.
The whaaaaaaaat now?
This is the delicious dreamlike-state we enjoy when we are half asleep and half awake.
And it's an absolute greenhouse for creative thinking, because your brain state means that there's a really good conversation going on between all parts of your brain, and even concious-subconcious processes.
I was reminded of this watching an interview with Sir Paul McCartney -- hey, MIllennials, he was from a band called the Beatles, look them up -- the other night, who woke up one morning, and, while lying in bed his massive hit song 'Yesterday' pretty much arrived fully formed to him. He ran to the piano and played it before he forgot it, and wrote the lyrics out in one smooth flowing moment, as you can see above (many of his lyric sheets are full of cross-outs and re-writes).
It sold 1,000,000 copies in just 5 weeks in 1965, and was voted the best song of the 20th century in a BBC radio poll in 1999.
There are countless other examples:
Yo Yo Ma takes advantage of this time. As did Edison. As did Picasso.
The best thing is you have to do nothing. Just listen.
Your brain has been working on your problems overnight, and if you listen carefully, it's trying to tell you the answers. So have a pen and paper ready next to the bed.
Instead, we usually muck it up by immediately checking emails and social media, or turning on the news, right?
No, just lie back and listen.
Please take 2 minutes and 24 seconds to watch and enjoy this classic song, and think about all the ideas that are sitting untapped in your own brain.
Then lie in bed for an extra five minutes tomorrow and listen.
It's such an easy game to play.