An important part of being a creative entrepreneur is embracing and following a daily routine. I talk a lot about it in Getting Work To Work because I’m still figuring out what works best for me. In the latest entry in my routine diary, I add a few thoughts on the relative nature of routines: What worked for someone else might not work for me. Sure, there are plenty of tactics and tips that I can apply, but have I even stopped to consider why or the impact they could have on my work or my family or my health? Should I do away with a task list and instead focus on how I feel? What does productivity look like when I’m less concerned with getting things done and more concerned with feeling a certain way?
Exploring the inner world with questions:
Me: “I need to be more productive.”
Instead of searching for productivity hacks and tips, I can instead explore my inner world for answers:
- Why do I need to be more productive?
- What is happening in my life or business that leads me to productivity as the solution?
- What does my creative process and routine produce?
- How do these results satisfy my short- and long-term goals?
- What do I really want to express with my creativity?