Stay in the Groove

Creativity - Bemis Center Omaha2How timely! 

I mentioned in this post on books I’m reading,that I’ve been spending mornings with the very wise counselor, Austin Kleon. This morning, in his book Steal Like an Artist I read the following about creating time for creative pursuits:

“Establishing and keeping a routine can be even more important than having a lot of time. Inertia is the death of creativity. You have to stay in the groove.  When you get out of the groove, you start to dread the work, because you know it’s going to suck for a while – it’s going to suck until you get back into the flow.”

Reminded me of the “getting back to the gym” analogy in my post about Climbing Back on the Wagon.  No, scratch that – it reminded me of the entirety of the past few weeks of falling off the wagon!

Grateful again for this wise teacher, who allows me to be gentle with myself in all I am learning during this time of exploration.

Note: If you purchase Austin’s books through the link above – and I really cannot recommend them enough – a small portion of the proceeds will go to Creating the Future. Thanks!

Creativity sign: Photographed at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska

2 Responses to Stay in the Groove

  1. Hildy, one of my all time favorite books is FLOW: the Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I pull it out every couple of years to reread it. There’s a more pop version of the book, but this is the one that lays out the studies that he did to come to his conclusions. I have to push myself to go through those tough first few minutes/hours before I get into the flow, but once I do, the time flies. Enjoying the posts! Keep them up.