One of the more challenging parts of living a creative life is discovering your best working rhythm. We all have a work pattern that suits our energy levels and nurtures us with alternating periods of work and rest, gathering and creating.
I have spent plenty of time trying to force myself into a â€œproductiveâ€ work routine that ended up being anything butproductive, simply because it didnâ€™t match my natural habits. LikeÂ lifecoach Jena StrongÂ always says,Â “It’s all about function.” Â That’s why this week’sÂ *8Things is all about uncovering your creative patterns. The rhythm is already there, you just have to pull off the blanket and see what is there waiting for you.
How do you like to work? When doÂ you like to start, how long it takes for you to get into the flow, doÂ you like to work in silence or with music? Your intuitive voice will help access the information you need to uncover a work rhythm that supports your creative pursuits. Write down *8ThingsÂ you know about Your Creative Rhythm and put them in the comments below or grab a button and play along by putting a permalink to your post in the list below.
Special thanks to this weekÂ to Sarah andÂ at Creative LessonsÂ who gave me the idea for this *8Things list; toÂ Jen LeeÂ for her excellent “Making Soup” metaphor about the ebb and flow of the creating process; and to Dee Wilcox at the Creative Perch for sharing this *8Things list with a wider audience. Thanks for being here!
Rachelle’s *8Things: Creative Rhythm
1.Â Embrace Your BioRhythm: There is no point in meÂ trying to write before noon. I do administrative work in the morning in my PJ’s, shower after lunch, the get to writing.
2. Manage YourÂ Downloads: Â Just because I have a huge download of creative ideas doesn’t mean I have to do them all at once. I can suppress the hyper-mania if I remember they’ll keep.
3. Know Your Tender Spots:After announcing a project or sending it out to the world I’m virtually guaranteed to have a bout of self-doubt and insecurity. I enlist help.
4. Trouble Shoot Your Wheel of Work Weak Spots: Â I like generating ideas and starting things. I’ m not so good with the middle and the finish. During that part of the a project I have to write out an hour by hour daily schedule to get it DONE.
5. Don’t Isolate: Â I live abroad and work at home — so seeing another adult IN REAL LIFE at least once a week is imperative!
6.Â KnowÂ What You Need: Â It’s true, I’m a feedback whore. I like immediate reaction to what I’m working on. Thus, I blog.
7.Â What’sÂ Your Addiction of Choice?:Â Facebook and Twitter I can manage, YouTube and Hulu suck me in like a black hole
8. Your Nutrional Needs. Must. Have. Input. Artists dates are a must. I try to go to a gallery, garden, or performance once a month.