Are you looking for a ticket to a comparatively more creative lifestyle? Well, a boring routine!
If you are in a job which requires creative thinking, then you would probably have devised ways to boost your creativity like brainstorming exercising and activities. Perhaps you might have tried numerous ways to know about the perfect one. Well, the truth is, more than technique your routine matters. You should make a routine of whichever way you go for. At least this is what is suggested in a book by Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. It is also said that Routine creates a safe space to occupy your thoughts, which, according to the writer John Cleese, is known to be the perfect environment for building creative thoughts. Out of the 161 artists who are described in Currey's book, 88% have a noticeable routine. Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, and Eric Satie are three of them. Let’s now discuss 3 creativity-boosting activities which essentially contributed to their daily routines, and you can easily adapt them to your life as well.
Benjamin Franklin used to allow a role to every hour in the day. He used to wake up at 5 AM, would wash up, pray and then "take the resolution for the day." Every morning his main question was, "What good shall I do this day?" When we talk about creative projects which feel more free-flowing, it is comparatively easier to act on your impulse. In doing so, you risk draining all your resources on tasks which may not matter. Setting an intention feels like you are always moving towards some larger goal.
Each day, before jumping into a morning full of emails or meetings, you should take some time in order to think about your intention for the coming day and then check that your following actions will ladder up to that particular goal.
After working through the morning, reading letters, taking a short walk and then having lunch, every day at 3 PM, Darwin used to rest in his bedroom and listened to his wife reading him a novel or any other kind of light literature. Darwin's son told that Darwin rarely strayed from his routine, even when he used to have visitors. Research shows that reading fiction reduces the need for "cognitive closure" or any kind of happy ending. It enables us to think creatively.
Whether in the morning or during any fifteen-minute break you might have between meetings, pick up a book to have your creative juices flowing in.
French composer Eric Satie strongly believed that artists should regulate their lives. In addition to a particular timetable, he also had a strict routine according to which what he ate. He told that his diet had only foods which were white, fruit, including eggs, and particular kinds of fish. Nutritional science has proved that eating such types of foods, and some other foods like nuts and chocolates increase our brain function and specifically in the creative areas.