Ritual and Creativity

Sharpened pencils.

A quit room.

A still mind.

That certain type of background music.

Preparation is often the key to getting the most out of the time you set aside for creative work. And doing the same thing each time is one of the best ways to do that. I like to prepare myself a cup of coffee or tea. Go to one of my favorite spots and arrange a time when I won’t be disturbed. And me, I like it to be quite.

Some people would rather be in a noisy coffee shop with headphones on and their head staring down in their laptop.

Others maybe would like to work in a dark office.

Or maybe they need to work in a studio with jazz music blaring.

Some of us also have to perform on cue like trained seals at a side show. That was my life working at an ad agency. Now as a contractor and business owner, I can schedule my day to be the most productive. But even at an agency, I would use ritual to get the most. Using the same environment and writing techniques to be the most productive.

I don’t just have to be creative myself, I also direct actors and lead team members. In these cases, it’s important to create an environment that’s conducive to creativity. That means being open to others thoughts and ideas, listening, and reducing stress on others. Also, sometimes giving strong direction when it’s needed. Oh, and not being an asshole.

Your ritual will help you achieve the correct state of mind to do your best work. Also, how you’ve set your day up determines your state of mind before you begin your ritual. These things matter if you want to be at your best.

What’s your ritual for creativity?

Posted on: August 18, 2017, by :