How Routine Can Be Good For Creativity
More so than other people perhaps, I am a stickler for operational definitions. I feel that it’s important that we know the nuances of words, and what people really mean when they say “routine”.
On one hand, it can mean monotonous or tedious, as in, We are set in our dull routine existence. On the other hand, it can mean a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program, as in, Sticking to a routine will develop commitment and discipline.
I’m only starting out with this myself, but I wanted to share how I plan the things I want to achieve. Now these may not all be directly related to achieving location independence, but I need to pursue things outside of work (strictly speaking) in order to keep a semblance of sanity. :P
Skills I Want To Develop Over The Next 6-9 Months
Okay, so while the inspiration for this post was What Startups Can Learn From Haruki Murakami, and I read that he maintain an exercise regimen for his craft and that he sits down to write 3-4 hours a day, I don’t necessarily think that’s for me. For someone self-diagnosed with ADHD, I think committing to develop several skills in the span of months is a really big deal in itself without dedicating all my time to just a couple of things. I’m pretty sure that will lead to burnout for me. Like a short-lived sprint versus a sustained marathon.
So anyway, the below listed may be a bit overwhelming, and it may be doubted that I’ll be able to manage them all without losing focus on the others, but I feel that each skill addresses a different need, and will ultimately lead to a more well-rounded me. :P
- Blogging (To continue documenting my progress and life in general, in a less whiny high schooler manner)
- Watercolor painting (So I can produce my own paintings which I can proudly exhibit)
- Yoga (To develop strength, balance and a quiet mind)
- Healthy cooking (To support my pursuit of an ovo lacto pescetarian diet, which is the least vegetarian of all vegetarian permutations :P)
- Spanish (To learn a foreign language)
- Basic video editing + soundtrack/score producing (To document future travels in moving pictures)
- Building international relations (For couchsurfing, globetrotting and Punchdrunk Panda world-dominating)
How Routine Can Help Me Achieve These
I am running out of time for this post, as I need to get to work soon, and there is merit in reading the entire source articles from 99% (which is a GREAT resource, by the way) than me summarizing, but I hope to make a summary in the future for my benefit…especially if I find myself falling out of routine.
Here are some great cases for following routines (some titles reworded according to my takeaway):
- Why You Should Start Your Day Early
- RSS Creativity: Routines, Systems, Spontaneity
- Achieve Goals With Routines (This, I’m kind of applying to my current state, but is not necessarily her main purpose for the article per se, but I see it as help for Routine Management & Aiming To Achieve [not necessarily “finish”])
- Maintain Routines For Yourself: The Benefits of “Unnecessary Creating”
In a nutshell, routines help instill the discipline to pursue one’s goals, and the commitment to and repeated exposure to these routines push us to excel in whatever fields we pursue.
That said, I’ll be developing a routine/schedule that allows me to pursue all these other things while managing Punchdrunk Panda.
I know this blog was created for the pursuit of nomadic management, and somehow integrating a routine while traveling may seem quite challenging. But either fortunately or unfortunately, I am not faced with a “disruptive” travel schedule right now, so I can maximize the time to learn new skills and make things interesting where I am “stuck”, and consequently feel like I’m leading a more interesting and creative life even without travel. :)