Typically, I get up early and head to the gym. When I get back to the house, I read the paper and then shower and get dressed for the day. For years, during that time I turned on the TV and watched the morning news. But a few months ago I decided to skip the TV news and just get dressed in silence. Guess what? In those quiet moments at the start of the day, creativity started happening. Ideas started filling my head for writing, insight for work, film ideas, thoughts about my next speaking date, and more. Rather than having information pour into my head from the TV, I discovered the power of creating my own ideas. Sometimes they came so fast I had to start writing them down.
So give it a try. Stop always trying to fill the quiet times with noise from the TV, radio, or iPod. Start letting the silence work, and watch what happens as your brain starts to give back.
What else could you change about your morning ritual that would expand your thinking?