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.
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:
- Make more money.
- Be more productive.
- Be healthier and live longer.
- Be happier and more satisfied in their lives.
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.