Sometimes, the correct use of mind and body is to burn the midnight oil. It could be the pressure of a task that you’ve put off because of its difficulty. Or a large impending project that must be shipped.
Whatever the cause – the midnight oil is a special energy that can be burned to break through creative blocks and subdue procrastination.
But only sometimes. Relying on it without the necessary adrenaline base is not a good idea. Nor will coffee reliably call up this extra boost of power.
It needs just the right fuel – a hint of desperation, courage, curiosity, and the sure knowledge that somewhere ahead lies a time and place where you can rest, relax and do nothing at all.
[Addendum – writing this at 2:22 am, on the eve of a large looming deadline. Nothing like immediacy to give insight.]