small meaningful things

peeking into people’s routines

He started off the post with saying “I doubt this is useful to anyone but me”, but strangely I was very drawn to peeking into Warren Ellis’s Morning Routine and Work Day (via Roy Tang). Maybe it is because I’m still struggling to establish a routine for myself, and also we probably believe if we can know how creative people work, we can have creative output like them.

Maria Popova has also compiled a post on the routines of writers, and there is also an entire book on how artists work. Coincidentally I am now reading a book titled, “Rest” because I’ve seen two people mention it within a day. It is about how people with a high rate of creative output actually work 4-5 hours a day, and they spend the day hiking, meeting friends, generally having fun. This concept is not new to me, but it is always interesting to see how someone else approach a topic.

I’m still searching for the balance between creative flexibility and the rigour of a routine. There are many days when I don’t feel like doing anything creative, but I don’t want to take my available time for granted.

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