Journal in the morning
The technique of setting your question at night before sleep works really well in conjunction with morning journaling.
I’m not talking about the “what I had for breakfast, and my back aches” type of journaling, but rather a form of writing where we move ourselves into a peak state of focus and set our most valuable priorities for our day, sculpting our future before it happens.
Some use the habit of “morning pages” where they brain-dump, first thing in the morning, as they write without specifically filtering ideas.
Ned Herrmann in his work on brain waves confirmed that there is something special about capturing your mental state upon first waking:
“During this awakening cycle, it is possible for individuals to stay in the theta state for an extended period of say, five to 15 minutes — which would allow them to have a free flow of ideas about yesterday’s events or to contemplate the activities of the forthcoming day. This time can be extremely productive and can be a period of very meaningful and creative mental activity”.
This creativity is vital. It allows us to think from a different perspective and see what we couldn’t see before.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that writing morning pages are just for, say, creative writers. It can be used by anyone wanting to access their full range of brain power.