Chapter 8: Creative Routine
How to Make Your Creative Dreams a Reality:
Strategies to Cultivate Your Talent
A regular schedule nurtures success on a number of levels. First, routine saves you the effort of making choices: what time you will work, where you will work, and the order of your tasks. Second, predictability in your work habits provides you with a sense of security, knowing that you are committed to your goals and giving it your best shot.
This means a great deal to an artist: Routine is the template that allows you to organize your career.
In addition, a routine facilitates accomplishment, and regular accomplishment is comforting and strengthens one’s resolve. You work every day with or without feelings of being inspired. Your best work will show up whether you are inspired or not. The main point is that if you wait for inspiration, your creative output could be minimal at best.
I established a routine of 7:30 a.m. to lunch around noon, and then calling it a day around 3:00 pm, then heading to the gym. This routine fostered family harmony in the early days of my career because my wife and children knew my schedule and we were in sync, both in terms of family time and the kids’ natural question of “Where’s Dad?”
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.
- Artist Chuck Close