Writing in The Dark is 10 Times More Effective for Productivity

Jordan Mendiola

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Everyday life is full of distractions and as a writer, and working in the light can be a setback for productivity or intense flow.

For the past thirty, I’ve experimented with my productivity rate in the light versus in the dark and my results stunned me.

When it’s daytime, I tend to only put together two to three stories, whereas at night I can write five or six in almost half the amount of time.

In the daytime, you see everything in your office or bedroom. But in the dark, all you’re focused on is your screen and your keyboard.

Everything tends to flow better the less you multi-task. Working with my window open causes me to look outside, notice the sun, and not be too interested in my writing. 

Not everyone likes to work in the dark.

I get it. Darkness can be really depressing and hinder inspirational thoughts or ideas. But something about it allows you to focus on the task at hand which is writing.

When it comes to social media management or graphic design projects, I prefer to work in the daytime. The little details and items around me spark inspiration and give me ideas.

But it doesn’t work the same with writing. For writing, you have to come up with complete thoughts and jot them down onto paper.

You can’t really put down complete thoughts when there are too many stimulating aspects around you as well as outdoor distractions.

Experiment working in the dark, and get out during your breaks.

I would never advise anyone to strictly work in the dark and live in complete darkness. It will lead to a vitamin D deficiency and basically make you a vampire.

When I take a slight break to eat, drink water, or use the bathroom, I make sure to step outside and just inhale deeply and exhale slowly.

Nature, sunlight, and fresh air are essential to our spiritual well-being. Without natural light, our bodies will turn us into zombies.

Final Thought

If you want to experiment more on dark writing sessions, I highly recommend it. Again, what works for me may not work for you. 

The more you experiment, the better chances you’ll optimize your productivity and find what clicks for you.

Light and darkness are just one of the many factors I discovered, and we should never stop evolving. 

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL
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