Ten Minute Routine To Increase Mental Clarity and Creativity

Use this 10-minute routine to find mental clarity to find answers to anything and tap into your creativity

Have you ever noticed that the mood and thoughts you go to sleep with are consistent with the mood and thoughts you wake up with? Few people know that what you focus on before you go to sleep is what your subconscious mind will focus on until you wake up. That means you can train your mind to find answers and come up with creative solutions to whatever you want.

Your subconscious never takes a rest. It works overtime to control your heartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion. Most importantly, your subconscious is in control of all your vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the answers to all of your problems and within it lies answers to so many questions you may have about yourself.

“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” — Napoleon Hill

Whatever is occurring on the subconscious level has a strong influence on what happens on your conscious level. What goes on internally, even unconsciously, usually makes it’s way to becoming your reality. As Hill went on to state, “The subconscious mind will translate into its physical equivalent, by the most direct and practical method available.”

After learning this, your new goal should be to align your subconscious mind to create the outcomes you seek in all areas of life.

So how do you get started?

Follow this simple 10-minute routine:

Ten Minutes Before You Sleep:

“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” — Thomas Edison

Did you know that many of the most successful people in the world intentionally direct their subconscious mind to work on specific things while they sleep?

So, where do they get this ability?

Before you go to bed, take a few minutes to meditate on and write down the things you are working on accomplishing.

Prep your subconscious by asking yourself questions related to what you need to solve and process in your sleep. As Edison put it, make some “requests.” Be specific when you write down your questions and thoughts on paper so that the answers will come to you more clearly.

When you are sleeping, your subconscious mind will go to work on solving all the questions which you prepped it with.

Ten Minutes After You Wake Up:

Research has confirmed that the prefrontal cortex of the brain is the most active and readily creative right after you have woken up. Your subconscious mind has been processing all your thoughts and coming up with solutions to all you need answered. Creativity comes from the ability to make connections between different parts of the brain.

In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion, explains his morning routine to tap into the subconscious breakthroughs and connections experienced while he was sleeping.

Unlike 80 percent of people between the ages of 18–44 who check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up, Waitzkin goes to a quiet place, does some meditation and grabs his journal.

In his journal, he thought-dumps for several minutes. Thus, rather than focusing on input like most people who check their notifications, Waitzkin’s focus is on output. This is how he taps into his higher realms of clarity, learning, and creativity — what he calls, “crystallized intelligence.”

If you’re not an experienced journal writer, the idea of “thought-dumping” may be hard to implement. In my experience, it’s good to loosely direct your thought-dumping toward your goals.

Consider the “requests” you made of your subconscious just before going to bed. You asked yourself loads of questions. You thought about and wrote down the things you’re trying to accomplish.

Now, first thing in the morning, when your creative brain is most attuned, after its subconscious workout while you slept, start writing down whatever comes to mind about those things.

I often get ideas for articles I’m going to write while doing these thought-dumps. I get ideas about how I can be a better husband and father to my three foster children. I get clarity about the goals I believe I should be pursuing. I get insights about people I need to connect with, or how I can improve my current relationships.

To be sure, you’ll need to practice this skill. It may take several attempts before you become proficient. But with consistency, you can become fluent and automatic at achieving creative and intuitive bursts.


A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” — James Allen

Mental creation always precedes physical creation. Before a building is physically constructed, there’s a blueprint.

Your thoughts are the blueprint of the life you are building one day at a time. When you learn to channel your thinking — both consciously and subconsciously — you create the conditions that make the achievement of your goals inevitable.

You are the designer of your destiny. This simple routine will help you crystallize where you want to go, and how you will get there.

I’m a writer based out of East Village, Manhattan. I work from my condo and local coffee shops (and a few restaurants with menus that are more unhealthy than licking a subway railing), meeting friends who have boats or boat access, touring the zoo for the zoo to visit my ex-boyfriends, and forcing my political beliefs on others at social events (kidding, don’t be one of those people.