In the previous two blogs I have looked at the two approaches to forming a regular creative routine.
There is the daily habit method which involves establishing a routine. The aim being that we do the same things, use the same music and eat the same food. The idea is that having this routine gets our creative juices flowing on demand. So we can turn up and create when we say we will.
The other method is the ‘non-routine’ routine. For this one we don’t have a set time or place for our creativity. Instead we develop the ability to fit spurts of creativity in, wherever and whenever we get the chance.
Both have their good points and both have bad. One will work for some, and the alternative will be best for other people.
So which one works for you?
To help you decide, I’ve put the pros and cons of each into an image.
Images -The Cramped Creative
Image – The Cramped Creative
You might be like me and actually work fine with both methods depending on day and general mood. Some days I can slot writing into wherever it will fit, and other days I need that morning habit. The trouble comes when neither approach seems to work.
One thing I have learned though is that if we want to be more creative, then we have to do it more often and with a consistent, regular habit.
That might mean a morning practise, or it might mean fitting in 5-30 minutes here and there.
There are no right or wrongs here, you have to find your own special method, whatever that might be. If you look at creatives through history, there are many strange little habits that have worked over the years. The real knack is finding what works for you, and doing it.
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