The Day I Went Back to Bed

Once upon a time,  a man went back to sleep at 8:30 on a Monday morning. (This is a true story; it was me, earlier today.)

My goal wasn't to go back to sleep; it was to linger as long as possible in an unfocused, dreamy state of mind.

For all the talk about mindfulness and creativity and innovation, going back to bed at 8:30 on a weekday is almost like saying you are a no-good lazy bum. I guarantee you a few people will comment below by saying, "My position is life does not allow me the privilege of lingering in bed."

And yet... the difference between 100 decent ideas and one world-changing idea is profound. In my experience, the biggest ideas are not born from routine. They appear when you change your behaviors, often dramatically.

So today I did an experiment. I went back to bed.

Did I wake up with a world-changing idea? It's too early to say for sure. But I did wake up with at least a decent idea, and it has a shot at the big leagues.

But my intention isn't to defend my idea. It's simply to shift, in however small a way, the perception that "early to bed and early to rise" is the only way to make a human being "healthy, wealthy, and wise".