Routines and Rituals: Entering the Creative Space — snarkandstring.com

I hear it a lot from my friends, particularly my female friends, “I just don’t have much time anymore to do art.” It happens to the best of us, we’ve made a dividing line between family and our creative endeavors, hoping that at some point the kids will be down for a nap, e-mail notifications will stop, and finally — there will be a peaceful hour where we can sit down and make some shit happen.
 
 And then that hour comes.
 And nothing happens. All we accomplish is browsing Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration only to end up with a new diet plan, ideas about being blonde (true story), and if we’re really lucky — we may have even stumbled on a Buzzfeed article we hadn’t seen yet. 
 
 The human brain can be thought of as a muscle that you have to train in order to get pretty much anything done. This includes mindfulness, getting to sleep on time, and being creative. It may seem counter intuitive, but I’ve found that putting myself on a Creative Routine actually helps me to get more shit done, while also decreasing stress. And I’m not alone — one of my favorite articles from Brainpickings.org is about the sleep habits of famous writers, and if you Google ‘routines of famous artists’ you’ll get a bunch of really awesome infographics that will tell you point blank: you need a routine.
 
 How to Develop a Routine to Increase Creativity:
 Step 1. Write down the things you want to accomplish
 Step 2. Set a time frame to accomplish the overall task, dividing it into timed parts. (If it’s a big project like writing your memoir or making your first album, you’ll want to go back to Step 1 and break it all down into smaller chunks. The best way I’ve found to do this is to create a mind map.)
 Step 3. Do it.
 
 For example:
 Step 1. Write a blog post about routines, mention how to get started and how to stay motivated. Include links to relevant websites.

Follow the rest of the steps for jogging creativity on snarkandstring.com

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