Somewhere along the way, our culture has created a myth that we can achieve success if we'll just "work a little harder." Here's a newsflash: that doesn't work. I'm guessing you already knew that. You know that the twelfth hour at your computer is about as productive as watching American congressional debates. You know that you get more done in that quiet hour before the office opens than you do for the entire rest of the day. But we endure it all anyway, wearing our workaholic badges with pride. Ringing up those 60 and 80 hour weeks, telling our families that there's always something more to do. Stop. Just stop.
Think labs are only for doctors and scientists? Think again. We all need to be "in the lab." We need the place and the space to make our dreams come true. Maybe you can clean out the spare bedroom or the garage so that you have a place to write and think. Maybe you reserve Thursday evenings to focus on learning Spanish. Or maybe you have a special notebook or backpack that contains all of the instruments that inspire you. Your Lab can be a separate physical location, or it can be a block of time you set aside to focus.