When is your magic hour?

By magic hour, I mean the time of day when you are at your peak- when your brain is on fire and and spirit is soaring and you just seem to be able to get things done.

My Magic hour is around 7am, and lasts until about 10am. I can’t think after 5pm- just a useless ball of nothing only good for light fiction and lighter TV.

I normally wake up about 6:15. No alarm- this is just the time I wake up, no matter what I did the night before. My day starts off with some light stretching- ok- not really stretchhhhing…more like laying in bed and raising my hands behind me towards the wall and stretching my toes down to the edge of the bed and giving the biggest most open mouth yawn that I can muster.

I glance at my phone- yes- I do this first thing- just to make sure that I haven’t missed an urgent text or email. and I peak at the temperature.

I get up, put on a robe and slippers (I am a HUGE robe person- I have four different robes of differing weights and materials) and I sprint to the bathroom-

  • Brush teeth
  • five minute meditation, which is really me sitting on a pillow and listening to whatever I deem my song of the day/week
  • Heat water for tea
  • wipe down kitchen as water boils
  • Make tea
  • go through WP comments as tea steeps
  • sit at desk and peel pages off my page a day calendars and look at new displays
  • journal
  • go through TO DO list and days activities
  • read over already written posts not yet published (I have begun writing posts two days in advance- I find this to be a good way for me to blog)
  • look at whatever topic I have scheduled for the day (except for Wednesday when I write Friday’s blog and I have absolutely no idea what i am going to write about- hence anything can happen)
  • hope that I have an angle for my blog idea- or at least an opening sentence
  • curse as I come up with a blog title
  • actually write blog
  • read some posts as I finish first cup of tea and some water
  • make another cup of tea
  • Read posts and answer comments as water boils and tea steeps
  • work on whatever writing project I am currently in the middle of
  • hit my 500-1000 word limit
  • sometimes I exercise here, and a dog walk of varying lengths based on schedule of activities
  • shower and such
  • as my hair dries, use remaining mental ability to think about anything that actually requires a functioning brain, including previous days snail mail and emails

Then I get on with everything else.

When I belonged to a gym I used to work out in the morning. Now that I rely on home exercise bike and strength training ripped out of a magazine, I alternate my workout timing as to when in my day it best suits. It’s often about 4pm when a little spin on the bike does my head good…

So now that I have showed you my magic hour and how I spend it…what is your magic hour? How do you spend it?

89 thoughts on “Magic Hour

  1. Mine is also early. I’d say 6:30 to around 10. Coffee, newspaper, blog stuff, many times unloading the dishwasher, my daily word puzzle. I walk the dog outside the magic hours. I envy your writing blog posts early. Most days my blog is whatever random thought pops in my head each day.

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    1. Yes. And what was bad, is I love those random thoughts that pop up, and if I don’t have a notepad or a (erggg) cell phone to capture my thoughts then I feel as if I missed out on sharing. Random thoughts, I think, happen at those magical times of the day. Well, I guess, not all. But the clearest ones that I can put into words. If that makes sense!

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      1. Oh my gosh. Why is that?!? And I swear I’ll remember because it is so significant at that moment, but… aaaah…. Totally forget about it until I’m reminded by some trigger of memory. But by then it has lost it’s luster!

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  2. I am in that magic hour right now. Having just posted, I am now scolling through the people I follow here obviously including you. I like your routine and I relate to it. I am working on making mine less digital than it is and yours seems to have a nice mix on that front. I am happier when I am seeing by lamplight rather than computer light but it’s “easier” to jump on the computer.

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  3. Mine is early as well. I’m more like 4 a.m. (bunnies 4:45) to about 10. I don’t get that same go to hour until 7:30-10. When I feel the most creative, open, and me. Yeah. Thank you for making me stop and think about that.

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      1. Right now I’m fervently writing about animals and traveling. I think I’ve got to get up earlier to reply to your posts!!!! But, yes, morning. 100%.

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  4. Mine is morning, too. A similar schedule to yours except I walk before I read comments or write. It clears my head and being outside in nature inspires me. I think another magic hour for me is every afternoon around 3 p.m. when the kitty comes to sit on my lap. It’s after I’m done with writing and blogging. I reach for a book to read while Olive lays on me.

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  5. My magical hour is any time I get to be in the studio – LOL. Switch the tea for some coffee and I have a similar morning to yours. I think I am a night person though. I can stay up really late and sometimes sleep in until 8, even when the alarm goes off at 6.

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  6. I am SO not a morning person. AT ALL. I need my late night quiet and solitude when everyone is in bed and the house is silent to unwind from my day. It is my reading time and that absolutely works best for everyone if I’m not bothered while I do it. I also don’t wake up well. I need some time with my coffee before my brain is willing to go online and work properly. Because of that, I so very rarely greet the sun and threaten murder the times I’m forced to. It also means my best time of day is mid to late afternoon, at least as far as my productive time of the day. That said, my brain thinks bed time, when I’m supposed to be sleeping, is the best time to come up with all kinds of ideas or work through problems. That also plays a huge part in why I’m so not a morning person. If someone could invent a muzzle for my brain, I’d be one happy camper. Now that I’ve said that, my brain will take it as a challenge and try and fix it tonight when I should be sleeping. *sigh*

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  7. I’m also a morning person. With a cup of tea, I check out blog posts by those I follow. Then I work on a personal project — writing fiction or drawing. After some of that, it’s on to clients’ project of my day job.

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      1. Not the entire day, pretty much the entire day. Also depends on my mood. If I had to say during the week it would 3pm because I only have 1 more hour of work to put in lol. But for the most part I am hyper aware on the weekend and tend to be most creative then.

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  8. I get up early and mostly read. I cannot think of things to write in the morning. Mostly I deal with email and tasks. My best writing time is either mid- to late afternoon or early evening, but lately don’t do evenings much. Getting very lazy!

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      1. Re your heavy heart. I hope you get through your week okay. I remember you posting once something about the prescription being to just put one step/foot in front of the other, or words to that effect, and it struck me as wise and sound advice.

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      2. Thank you. A good friend suffered a massive heart attack a few weeks ago and died last Friday. We attended the funeral yesterday. To watch his three daughter, 18, 15 and 10 walk into the church with his casket…just heartbreaking

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      3. PS. I think it’s the sudden and unexpected tragedies that throw us for a loop. Last week I was reading the obituaries and I saw that my old hairdresser (my age) had lost her 30 year old daughter to breast cancer, after a 2 year battle. That is tragic enough but she had lost her younger sister (they were very close and owned the shop together) to the same disease 5 years earlier, which I was aware of. So I’m reading the obit. and it said her husband had died 2 weeks previous, also of cancer I think, based on the wording, so they’re having the funeral services for them together. And I’m just shocked speechless. How do you survive something like that and keep on going? I would like to reach out to her, but switched hairdressers ten years ago and haven’t kept in touch. But I’ve been thinking about her a lot. She was a lovely person. The thing is when I went to her, I always thought she lived a charmed life, but even the most charmed life can turn in an instant, and that is the hardest thing to process. Why do bad things like that happen to good people…..

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      4. I know. That’s the unanswerable questions. But you’re right…it’s the fact that it’s unexpected…we never got to tell him how much he meant to us a person and a friend

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  9. Mornings are my most productive. First, it’s “spiritual time” (prayer, Bible reading, a devotional). Next is “self care time” (mindful app, journaling and reading at least one chapter). This is followed by what I call “informed time” (catching up on events through a couple of news apps and going through email). Last is “social media time” (Instagram, FB and TikTok). This is last because it reduces my time on it because I start work at 8 am. It’s regimented but works for me.

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  10. I would love to have a morning like yours. Currently, I ‘wake up’ once the kids are down and no one needs my attention. Drives my husband crazy that I start addressing issues and talking to him about them because he’s winding down!

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  11. Well….I feel grossly inadequate! I find myself living hand to mouth lately in getting things done. Seems like I’m always behind on something. In other words, I’m a hot mess these days!

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  12. I love your “definition” of stretching. Alright here we go…up at around 4:30, meditate, shower and such, head to work, set up my day, check calendar, maybe blog a little if time allows, meeting, meeting, meeting, meeting…hahaha. Top functionality for me is between the time I get up to noon or 1 pm, then it goes down pretty quickly from there….

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      1. It does work? Yeah, I feel like I have magic hours throughout the day. It’s not just that first hour, which is, for me, its own kind of magic. Interestingly, and paradoxically, sometimes, even in the latter parts of my day, when I’m exhausted, there is magic…it’s fun that way…

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  13. I’m a natural owl trying to function in lark hours. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s a struggle. When Himself retires, I hope we can both return to owl living, which he was doing when I first met him but. It does still take multiple cups of tea before I get going, unless it’s an early morning start for a photo session when I simply have to power through… although I end up having an unplanned mid-morning nap on those days. My naturally most productive creative hours are between 10pm and midnight, sometimes stretching into the early hours, if I get totally in the flow. I have to work a lot harder at being productive living the lark way.

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  14. Early morning 5-7 am is
    My magic hour. My
    Children consume the 6-7, and I sleep through it lately, and that is ok 🤣. Someday it will be creative again. For now, babies and dreams can have it. 🥰😬

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