Having routine and creativity

Hi guys,

Today I will be talking about something I have mentioned in my last post. I said that having a routine can make you more creative and now I will explain you why. So let’s get right into the topic.

Human’s brain is the most productive, yet, still not fully understood muscle of our body. It’s not responsible for only thinking processes, but it actualy keeps us alive (what you propably already know). It regulates breathing, digesting, our hormons level… It informs us also, when we feel pain, are hungry or thursty. And it does all this automatically. We don’t have to put any effort for example to digest, it just happens.

But brain is responsible for activities, which we are more aware of. It allows us to learn new things, to analyse our surrounding and to make decision.

And the ability of making decision is directly connected with routines and creativity. For example, if you are a runner, no matter how good you are, at some point your muscles will be too tired. You will get crumps and you just need some time for them to recover. Similarly with brain. It makes decisions almost all the time. Shall I get out of my bed? What shall I eat for breakfast? What shall I wear today? What shall I do next? All this are decisions, we are not even taking notice of. But our brain does. And as we are moving towards the end of the day, our brain is getting more and more tired. Sometimes even happens that at the end of the day, we are not able to make even very simple decision. Propably you came across someone (or even you were the one), who have been asked a simple question like: “What movie shall we watch?”, will answer “I don’t know”, or “It doesn’t matter, you choose”. And it might happen, if you want to see both of these movies any way, otherwise it can be a symptom of your brain being tired of making decision.

So what does routine have to making decision? Basically, if something become your routine, you do this automaticaly, without even thinking. You don’t need to decide what to do, as your brain is already programmed to do certain things. So because of it, there is a lot of brain’s energy being saved, to do other things, like being creative.

If you follow successfull people, you might have noticed that many of them are actually keeping decisions (at least some of them) to the minimum. The most known example (well, I found the most information about it) is Mark Zuckerberg, who developed facebook. He is known, that all the time he is wearing same kind of clothes, even in same colour. Taking on account amount of money he is earning, it is not caused by the fact, that these particular clothes were on sale at the time when he was buying them. And a lot of people who analyse his habits say that this is the way, to eliminate “What shall I wear today?” problem.

Similarly, having a routine helps you avoid a lot of decisions. Mostly, you don’t have to thing, what to do next. You just do this automaticaly and at the same time your brain is resting and you have much more energy for being creative.

So this is it for today’s post. I hope I’ve explained you corelation between having a routine and creativity. I can’t confirm yet, if it does really work, as my planned activities haven’t become my routines yet, but as soon as it will happen, I will let you know.

For today, I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

PS. Let me tell you how next two days of my challenge went. On Monday I couldn’t fall asleep at 23, so I ended up being very tired on Tuesday. I couldn’t really get too much done because of it. And again, falling asleep haven’t gone as planned. However, on Wednesday I managed to wake up at 5am. And I thought that I will fall asleep while standing (it hasn’t happen of course). When I am finishing this line, it is 20:45 so I am going to start my evening routine now and I am going to let you know how it went in my next post.

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