Digital Environment


Creators, create.  And It’s important that they keep on creating to make the world a better place. And this is done by practicing rituals and embracing discipline.

Discipline simply means making an agreement with yourself, and keeping it.

Most of my writing and music creation has taken place at night — late at night. Like tenish going on to oneish. But it’s not idealish, if you have to wakeupish at sixish. Ok, that’s enough (ish). I tend not to start anything earlier, because I usually separate that time for husband and daddy duties.  At 10:00-10:30 the world goes asleep. It’s nice and quiet. The toys are put away, the lights are off, and it’s just me. It’s the perfect time to make magic.

Still, I feel I’m missing out on something. Extra sleep? The warmth of my spouse? Just a gut feeling that I need to adjust this ritual. Maybe, this time has allowed me to have too much creative freedom, where I become tied to an idea and I just might pass my curfew (going on to 2 or 3 AM). No bueno or is it? Maybe, it’s just what I need to hustle with while working that extra job I want to one day quit.

A morning ritual sounds tempting, if I wake up at 4:30 AM, six o’clock is deadline.  Maybe, a little pressure will do me some good.

Motivation will keep you going, discipline will keep you growing — John Maxwell

I like the morning idea. Unless, I reserve it for my spiritual and physical fitness essentials. Because we all know, the ultimate goal is to become whole this year.

Michael Hyatt shares in his Morning Ritual post:

“Morning people” tend to:

Very interesting.

Does my ritual always produce the intended result? No. But it increases the probability  of achieving the intended result. – Michael Hyatt

I guess we won’t know until we try it and find out ourselves. One thing for sure, we need a system that works for us. We can’t rely on emotions or spurts of inspiration.

I’ll leave you with this.

The romantic notions of how inspiration comes are just that – notions…Composing music is hard work. Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour, rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted. — John Williams (The Guardian).

Yeah, John Williams knows what he’s talking about.

Oh, and yeah. Working standing up is something I’m looking forward in experimenting with.


Picture by The Editors Guild Magazine.

6 Replies to “Digital Environment”

  1. “Creators, create. And It’s important that they keep on creating to make the world a better place. And this is done by practicing rituals and embracing discipline.” Love this! I think too often we think creativity and discipline are for different sorts of people, but I think you hit the nail on the head.

  2. I like your simple definition of discipline. the morning flow is definitely a game-changer. I should try standing too. that last photo is crazy! “doing the work in the time allotted” while on a balancing contraption like that can only breed an amazing piece of art in the 8th hour.

  3. Hey Josue! Is that last photo you on that rocker-roller board? I used to have one… I’d stand on it for hours! Ha. They’re great. My friends and I finally broke it one day trying to do the craziest stunts but still keep balancing. Ha.
    Anyway, I was actually wanting to comment to say that I too am dealing with two things you are here:
    1) I’m a major night owl! As in, I’ve had insomnia most of my life – do everything at night – night owl. Since being married to a morning person for three years now, and thinking we’ll have kids eventually, I’ve been trying to decide recently how I could best flip my schedule. Do you have a “routine” yet that you like or are you just now trying this out?
    2) I’m 6’5″ and have been hacking together standing desks now for over a year… still trying to perfect something that doesn’t look like a pile of junk in my space but works. Haha. I’m about to post my photos soon of my current setup, but I’ll be watching to see (/ let me know) if you come up with anything great and not hundreds of dollars. Haha.
    Keep working!

    1. Yes it is a rocker-roller board! but thats not me. he he. It’s some random picture I found. Must be tough doing all of that while working…and fun.

      The morning thing, I’m still figuring it out. First step for me, talk to the wife. What benefits us? Then, test it out. Right now, I’m trying to limit myself from 1030-1230ish. It’s tough. I usually pass that. Having a baby will totally mess with your sleep and hours — no doubt. So keep it simple and do as much as you can with the little time you have. And get rest! super important. Mine is almost 2. She sleeps normal. Which is why I’m considering waking up at 5 (maybe 4) to 7 to get stuff done. Both schedules are horrible! I wish I had a 9-5 thing. But how bad do you want it when you don’t have that luxury (while considering family, health, and other responsibilities.) Also, I sneak in a power nap in the afternoon. That helps

      As far as UpDesk. Go MacGyver. Uses boxes, bricks, and anything you can find. I’m sure pinterest has some DIY pretty looking solutions. The wives are good in finding that out for us. 🙂

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