kafka at 11 PM every day, franklin 5 o ‘clock in the morning wake up, hawking’s at work at hand is to put a cup of tea. When we think we can only make life full of change and challenge we keep active creative thinking, once these great artists tell us: the strict regular daily habits is the best way to meet inspiration.
the rigorous and creative daily routine seems to never together. At least for me is like this. Routine, that is, to work from nine to five, long commutes and a pile of boring boring repetitive work, all of these, in my opinion and creative opposite.
but the interesting thing is, for a great artist, daily work is one of the important ways to encounter inspiration. And they did not simply sitting there waiting for inspiration to patronize, successful innovation people used in daily routine to exercise their creativity.
they get up at the same time, may also eat the same breakfast every day, the most important thing is that they came into the office at the same time every day to start a day’s work.
the austro-hungarian empire famous writer kafka, began to write at 11 PM every day. Benjamin Franklin, one of the famous American politicians scientists 5 o ‘clock in the morning wake up, and then ask yourself “what I want to do today?” British scientist Stephen Hawking in the work at hand when put in a cup of tea. He said regular living habits will help him thinking:
“themselves down, whenever you start to repeat the steps yesterday, as if in to the brain to release a signal: the whimsical time.”
about the meaning of the plan
myself, actually very inconsistent, day after day boring life, so in recent years, I am trying to avoid making too many daily routine, even my activities is also very happy.
unfortunately, while blindly rejection plan, I didn’t realize the “natural” is not the same as “don’t make any plans. This is two completely different concepts, but they don’t repel each other, you can plan in advance, but you can still put aside.
so we here plan and do not necessarily have to strictly list when what to do. It is just a general plan for the next time a preplan, it’s full of variable elasticity.
the benefits of such a plan in advance is what allows you to coming have a psychological preparation, in the presence of change you can more easy to adjust. For example, if suddenly when unplanned events occur, or the chance of a lifetime suddenly appear, if you knew all about your current task, then you can without any pressure to make a temporary decided to leave enough time for emergencies and does not affect existing task process.
the same important, when you make your work schedule and deadline, you can more accurately estimate how much time do you have left to complete the task at hand. Although the plan can’t promise you can finish the task, but it can help you relieve the symptoms of procrastination and create a sense of urgency.
below is Amber Rae calendar, a very good example, not only to do the planning for the future, and full of elasticity.
to your brain to vacate “dream space”
John Chris proposed an interesting name: the head of tortoise, used to describe our subconscious mind. I really like this analogy, every time when discussing creativity is always out and share with you. Chris put forward this analogy, he explains himself in the process of writing comedy script realized that most of the creative thinking from our subconscious mind.
the head of tortoise is sensitive to external danger and change very nervous, must adopt the way of moderate to let small tortoise head feel safe and out of the thick shell. To stimulate creative thinking at the same time, the same is true. According to Christian experience, build a familiar safe environment is the best way to make creative mind looses its freedom to spurt. That is to say, give yourself enough time and space. An independent space, and ease of time, can be arbitrarily release your subconscious mind.
in addition to Chris, other people also have the same work habits. Writer Austin clay weng in his studio to put two desks, a table filled with a pencil, paper and other simulation tools, used to carry out creative work; Another is his computer on the table, used to complete the rigorous research work.
this way of working for the subconscious mind a clear signal: when he sat on the desk of tools with, is the beginning of the creative thinking.
as important time and space. CAL Newport argues that creative work requires a lot of continuous and don’t be disturbed:
“real creative work is nonlinear, it need to keep thinking about for a long time for a question of thinking of different Angle until the mental clarity. Sufficient stability time can let the brain freely imagination, in the corner of the mind.”
S howing U p : all things are difficult before they are easy
“once to inspiration, I began to keep writing. Fortunately, at 9 o ‘clock in the morning, inspiration on time I was able to have a break.”
British writer maugham
when it comes to “showing up”, from my own experience, put creative work to the schedule is the best way to “showing up”. Such as those things are said in maugham, artists inspiration if you want to visit, then they will prepare accordingly.
but I know almost every creative people think is the most difficult part of the “how to start”. How many times have you constantly want to escape from something until there is no way to retreat have to sit down and solve when you suddenly discovered that in fact did not imagine so difficult? At the end of the day, calm down and sit at the desk and then start the first step in the “Great Wall”, often sidelined most people. This is “showing up” — all things are difficult before they are easy.
schedule forced you to face the new tasks in a timely manner. If you can get up at 6 o ‘clock in the morning every day, because this is your habits, clearly written in the schedule, so why not write the new tasks in the same schedule, and then according to the plan to do? Why want to do, because this is a regular plan, and get up at 6 o ‘clock every day, don’t need to think about, there is no escape.
not to think about why, don’t worry about no inspiration and motivation. Once you start working, inspiration and motivation, everything will be followed.
but I don’t want to waste time on this hole is similar to the question of philosophy, discuss why are going to do this or that. How to put focus on operational practical steps, develop a feasible schedule, so as to stimulate your brain in the depth of the spirit of innovation, is our focus.
Scientific arrangement work time
decide when to start, and then add it to your schedule. Carl Newport (Cal Newport) are cut large pieces of creative work in this way time added to the calendar:
when you write it down and decided to stick with it, after no matter how change, insist on a week’s time. Every day, in the time of the plan, began to work. Don’t have to hesitate, is to sit down and relax the brain begin to work. We want to get into the habit of this. When you find a point in time can let you quiet down and began to work, continue to adhere to, then, try to keep two weeks, and then maintain a month.
there is no people are born with such work habits. Only when you consciously exercise and good habits are formed. What time will you be able to truly has developed this habit? No constraint, no plan, like a clock, to a fixed time, you walked into the office start subconsciously to today’s creative work, then when you get into the habit of really developed.
comfortable thinking environment
we have said before, a comfortable environment will help to release our subconscious, but Chris also stressed that a familiar stable environment and a fixed working hours for releasing our consciousness more help, even can make creative thinking spread faster.
so, when we started training consciously when we work habits, calendar is a factor, the environment is also a factor that cannot be ignored. If you are not prepared to your work environment, don’t delay, directly from your current environment cleared a space to start your creative work. Then slowly adjust your make it more suitable for your working environment, such as a few inspiration mural, a set of stereo equipment, and ensure that your work can get all the tools you need.
reference weng Austin crowe example again, he placed it on desk for creative work tools: a pencil, paper of the draft, write these tools can help his side to think. For crow weng, use both hands to help thinking is the best way to release his subconscious mind.
action, don’t hesitate!
in fact, it took me a long time to understand all of the above advice – how to encounter inspiration at work.
if the brain blank, where to begin to work?
then I did this. I often begin with meditation, or think I emerged during that time my mind again and again. If just have ez, I immediately wrote it down. I will from the details and abstract concepts in deep thinking just to write down all aspects of inspiration, and that others will have the same idea.
by dream, sometimes there will be a harvest, and most of the time is a useless crop. But anyway, this utopian mode can always stirs my creative thinking.
in addition, I also made a topic list, I intend to write in the future. I often will randomly select a topic from the list and then begin to work. Updated list or jotting down your topic you’re interested in ideas and concepts, which can be your creative work began.
go back to my topic, opening the rigorous daily routine will help explore creative seems to violate people’s consistent understanding. But in my own experience and the story of many artists, although it’s difficult to understand, but good daily habits can actually help us to release the latent meaning creativity.