I was reading this article having to do with daily rituals and got to thinking of how I can relate to this and even on how I can discipline myself to be more consistent in my work. It’s Monday and it’s a good time to start over and get motivated for a more productive and creative week. These are just some of the excerpts from the article, but please read it all and find your inspiration. I was kind of excited to learn that Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day!
“Daily Rituals chronicles the routines of genius-level artists, writers, composers, and philosophers.”
“Joseph Heller wrote Catch 22 in the evenings after work. He’d write for two or three hours a night after his job as an advertising executive doing campaigns for magazines. He was not a tortured artist. He found as much joy in his day job as writing Catch 22 at night.”
“Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Some other writers said two to three hours every day is great, but more than that wears them out and hurts the next day’s work. But they worked at the same time every day, regardless of their other obligations.”
From one of my favorite books, The Creative Habit; Learn it and Use it for Life, by Twyla Tharp:
“Turning something into a ritual eliminates the question, Why am I doing this? The ritual erases the question of whether or not I like it. We all have rituals in our day, whether we’re aware of them or not. A lot of habitually creative people have preparation rituals linked to the setting in which they choose to start their day. By putting themselves into that environment, they begin their creative day. In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity. The only criteria is this: Make it easy on yourself. It should make you want to be there…To get the creative habit, you need a working environment that’s habit-forming……This, more than anything else, is what rituals of preparation give us: They arm us with confidence and self-reliance. Movement stimulates our brains in ways we don’t appreciate.” Twyla Tharp
“Doing is better than not doing, and if you do something badly you’ll learn to do it better. If it’s something you want to do, make the time.” Twyla Tharp
Until next time, be well, sleep well, love well, and create something every day! ~Maria