“Art consists of reshaping life, but it does not create life nor cause life” (Stanley Kubrick).
I’ve realized over time that making a good schedule and routine to how I do things has helped me let go of what it is I would explore creatively.
This is a bad thing.
The exploration of not knowing led me to where I am. And now that I am here, the only way to do the same going forward is to let myself no longer know where I am going or what I am doing.
I’ve learned to get productivity and creativity tied to my life, I have to pretend they are completely new concepts and let myself explore them yet again.
I do this by taking the time to tear down the walls I put up initially believing they are perfect and will stand forever.
Redo your passion.
Take the time to do over your initial exploration into your passion.
Remember back when you were testing the waters for the first time and what you discovered and how you implemented it into what you do.
Too often we get into the groove of things which may be the opposite of what we want.
Sometimes it was that barrier of trying to accomplish something that leads us to feel inspired when we did discover a new method or perspective.
Redo your work schedule.
Examine how you currently work. But I mean, really examine it.
Sometimes having the perfect setup for how you get things done leaves no creativity in the process.
A scheduled way of working can be helpful and necessary, yet the intention of making a schedule is not to reduce your time for thinking about work to that limited window.
Reorganize even the organized.
A theory I have on reorganizing the already organized is it gives us a new way to deduce our work from our files.
Sometimes knowing where everything is, leaves us acting robotic for when it does come time to work.
Maybe everything is easy to find and open, but maybe the lack of organization made you more creative.
This process is about finding what it was you did that encouraged creativity before. The stops along the way to create new methods.
I know I have experienced having set methods and organized folders that left me with no chance to redo how I had everything set up. I couldn’t categorize what I was doing in the current way I see it and I had been building onto something that left me no opportunity for change.
Allow yourself to switch tasks or no longer switch tasks.
A fresh change is beneficial and will always be necessary.
Whether everything is already perfect, sometimes it’s when it’s not perfect or a second version of perfect that we learn to explore more and take the risk we wouldn’t have done before.
If you are one to take frequent breaks and you feel it helps you try not taking breaks.
If you don’t take breaks and feel it disrupts your flow of work, try taking breaks and look at the changes.
Reshaping whatever needs and doesn’t need reshaping can always be moved around as this gives us the task of making everything we do work instead of everything we’ve already done work for us.
Productivity and creativity isn’t a set finding, it can change.
Realize what worked before may no longer work
While this ties into the last section, I want to give clarity and examples on how this can be perceived as a working method.
An individual who always goes to work does what they are supposed to do and goes home at the end of the night may have been on autopilot the whole time.
Work and creativity don’t align in the way of set moderations. Do something too much, do something too little. Let your brain struggle a little and let it feel the thrill of something different.
Writers often go to coffee shops, restaurants and different libraries because the new environment gets them thinking differently than compared to having the I am here so that means I am going to work mindset.
Have you ever heard that when we sleep in a new place for the first time, our brain only half goes to sleep and the other half monitors the new room to make sure we are safe?
It’s similar to that because more things to take into, more sights to look at giving us the new light that we needed to illuminate the old and see how much dust has collected.
The stimulation helps us grow and learn.
Set intentions or let yourself explore
Taking a break can be hard. Taking a break is necessary.
Too much introspection on how we do something and why we do something can leave us with more questions on how to fix it.
Our set lives and daily schedules can throw us off and make breaks feel more like a time to check social media or to eat a meal we know we will enjoy.
Learn to give “break” a new meaning and make it about taking a break from your life.
I’ve fallen a lot into making plans for something I don’t want to do. And once I try it, I like it and I continue to do it. It’s how life works.
The different aspect to this is that something new doesn’t need to be planned to explore.
Taking a different route home can be liberating because it’s new. It may not feel very exciting, but you will probably remember that drive home a lot more that night than if you went the usual way home.
I don’t really remember my drive to work this morning or my drive back. I can maybe recall some of what I thought about, but I don’t remember the sights.
The stimulation wasn’t there.
In addition to this, exploring doesn’t always have to be an impulse decision. Planning to take a different way home each day for a week can be thrilling.
Doing something new and changing the way we normally do things give us a much better capability to grasp what we are thinking about at the time and after.
Setting intentions can give you something to look forward to.
Doing something on impulse can give a feeling of excitement.
Both ways are wonderful to experience, yet they are both separate ways of obtaining the same feeling.
Don’t limit yourself to not being an adventurous person just because you don’t like impulse decisions.
Reshaping everything can be scary. I’m not one to say it should be. Although I believe a change can only come from the new and the new doesn’t have to be scary.