Generally speaking, sticking to a tried and true routine facilitates the baby steps of progress in our creative work. There are the basics of self-care, including a healthy diet and a good night’s sleep.
Time management is also critical. A certain blogger, for example, commits to a 7:00 am daily writing time and rarely breaks from this schedule. For our girl, the Composer of Music for Art, the creative day starts early, with a cup of coffee and some bible study. Then a walk with Deuce, her gentle spaniel, her canine muse. Returning home, it is time to heat up a honey bun, boot up the computer, and engage in whatever the priority creative work happens to be.
Of course some mornings bare more tangible fruit than others. When the work is not going so smoothly, the temptation looms large to work past the 7:00 am cutoff. We are intent on a sense of completion, a sense of achievement. When we don’t feel that, we are driven to continue. But the effect of sticking to the 7:00 am cutoff to begin blog writing can be most salutory just during these less obviously productive mornings. As the minutes evaporate towards 7:00 am, we are forced to catch our breath, look at the big picture, become a little philosophical. Ironically, those rough creative mornings can provide some of the richest fodder for our blogging.
What is a problem in one area may prove to be an opportunity in another. When the Creator is saying “no” to certain activity, it may be to push you into other areas rich in low hanging fruit – productive activity.
But do take a look at your routines from time to time, and do break them from time to time. Find a balance. Is there an aspect of your creative work that goes unattended for too long? Perhaps you need to incorporate some sort of routine which addresses the needs of this creative work on a more regular basis. Of course we can only slice up a day so fine. So be conservative about incorporating new routines – because the point will be to commit to them.
Take gentle, baby steps as you make adjustments to current routines, and add new routines. You have built a strong foundation, you have achieved much. Be patient, full of faith. You are a valued partner of the Creator in his ongoing work.