Just the word conjures thoughts of monotony and stagnation, of office drones stuck in dead-end jobs. But routine doesn’t have to be associated with the slow flickering death of creativity. Routine can actually help bring more creativity into your life and get you closer to your goals much faster than any haphazard anti-schedule.
That’s not to say spontaneity doesn’t play an important role in our lives. I believe that spontaneity is the mother of all creativity. A willingness to let go of all assumptions and try new things, to try old things with a different mindset, to throw caution to the wind and take risks, and to step into uncertainty forces us to think in new ways and innovate. But without routine, it’s difficult to harness that creativity to get closer to our goals. Continue reading