How Does It Work?
As soon as I have time to do something, like the start of my workday or during my free time, I force myself to create something. For example, I might write a blog or come up with a melody to go with chords. Most of the day, I want to be engaged in creating – bringing something into the world that wasn't there before.
To support the creative process, it's important to learn new things. So, when I'm not creating, perhaps due to a lack of inspiration or because I'm not able to, like when I'm cycling, I want to learn something. This could be reading a book or an article, or listening to an informative podcast.
I also understand the need for relaxation, so I give myself space to consume as well. This can be a reward, like reading the latest football news, after creating or learning. But even more, I prefer to consume something that I can learn from, like a documentary or listening to a music album.
Why Do I Do This?
- Because this keeps me productive throughout the day. For example, if I start the day by reading emails, I notice the opposite (also read Never Check Email in the Morning).
- I find it important to contribute something to the world. What I've learned, I can share with others in a blog. It's not about reaching a million people. The thought that I might help even one person with a blog about an obscure Drupal issue gives me satisfaction.
- I feel good and useful when I'm creating things. I don't know if it's an idiosyncrasy, but if I watch TV or game all day, I become profoundly unhappy.
How Do I Apply This?
By starting with creation in every moment I have, like the beginning of my workday or an hour of free time.
Since I don't always have inspiration, I make sure I have to-do's that guide me. These are small, bite-sized chunks that kickstart the creation process, such as:
- Create a rough version of a blog about a simple reservation system for Drupal
- Brainstorm 3 new ideas for blogs (I can repeat this daily, for instance)
- Come up with a melody for the bridge of a song I'm working on
If the to-do's are too big, like writing a blog or composing a song, it doesn't work. I need to be able to check them off easily to feel a sense of progress.
Note to Self
This blog is mainly intended for myself. I know that following these principles works best for me, but I tend to forget at times. I can then refer back to what I've written here.
Hopefully, you find it helpful too. Let me know by leaving a comment.