The Best Way For Your Brain To Be More Creative Is More Routine

You have to plan to let your mind wander

Deb Knobelman, PhD
The Startup


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Last week was a whopper for me.

It was a convergence of events. My kids’ school year was ending, and we had a lot of unusual events (and a lot of emotions) to manage around that. Plus, I had several different groups of family members in town and staying with us. For completely unrelated reasons. My house was overflowing with unexpected comings and goings, atypical schedules, uncertainty, and general disarray.

I spent most of every day trying to figure out who needed to be where and at what time. And when people would be home and want to eat. And how to serve the smallest number of foods that still covered everyone’s unique dietary needs. Who needed clean towels and who needed to borrow a car for a few hours.

I was able to carve out time and space to do my most important tasks of the week. But everything else in my brain was taken up by trying to figure out the logistics of the day.

This is not how I usually operate.

If you’ve read my writing before, you know that I tend toward a pretty organized and routine life. I like structure, I like habits. I naturally crave and create them, for myself and my family.