AM/PM People: Turning your Creativity into a Super Power with a Creative Routine
Why structure & routine is clutch (but flexibility saves lives . . . and your creativity.)
So, as I’m writing this I am thinking not many Creatives want to hear that they need structure or a routine. Maybe they feel they don’t have time to create these thing. (That’s what I used to tell myself.). “Structure and routine will only crush my creative mojo and inspiration will deflate in all kinds of ways!” And so the excuses start flying. Here are some more:
- I am not focused enough to create a routine or structure.
- My schedule is too whacked to allow any sort of routine.
- My kids, my job, my spouse take up too much of my attention and time.
- Work drains most of my energy.
- I have to save my juice for what little creating I do have time for.
- Insert your personal excuse here – we all have them.
I know when I was a young creative I didn’t want to be “tie downed” to a structure or a routine. That seemed too much like a “real” job and that “real” job was already crushing my creative flow! Back then, my ego-driven youthful mind didn’t think it needed structure, but DANG, was I completely wrong!
How do you think Thriv finally came into being?
It has been an inspired thought in my being for WAY TOO LONG! YES! YEARS! And I kept trying to pacify the urgings with mediocre actions that weren’t good enough to satisfy its desire to be something bigger then my “leave it up to luck” plan. I only fed that small but insistent dream now and then as my crazy schedule allowed. I knew something vital was missing, but until I put pen to paper and made that desire a priority, nothing changed. Duh! Routine and Structure were the missing pieces that allowed me to give much needed attention to my inspirations. The dream needed an anchor and become reality
Until routine and structure became habitual, my creative thoughts and ideas just flooded in with excitement and no concrete follow-through. My strange, wonderful, creative brain needed a way to put roots to the ideas/creative desires so the ego-driven blocks couldn’t swamp them. I had to find a proven way to gag that naysaying inner editor who told me, “You don’t have what it takes,” “Well, that was an okay idea, but you’ll never do it,” “You suck. Stick with your day job!” etc.
These next two very different exercises will help you tremendously in bringing your creative idea to fruition. Basically, I crafted my most successful actions over the past 15 years into tools to help you develop concepts, thus allowing you to manifest your visions and live out your end goals. Who doesn’t need a few shortcuts on an unfamiliar path? And let me tell you, these tools work! How do you think THriv was made possible? And you’re here, right!?
You see, this idea for THriv came and went more times than I can count.
It’s been poking at me because I know you have been asking for it to come alive. This is what we all need as Creatives and I am here to see that you have all the tools you need for success. Just so we’re clear, I’m a true believer in all the tools I am giving you in this community because I am my own number one case study for them. This AM/PM routine exercise is really an effective way to keep you moving forward each week in pursuing your purpose and vision!
Your creative mind is consistently creating, CONSTANTLY. It’s something you can’t turn off . . . so let’s make it a super power! As your ideas and thoughts say, “AWE YEAH THAT IS IT!” let’s make your next action one that will support and give it life. And straight up, without structure or routine, it’s really difficult to allow the next creative “thing “to manifest. This is where the survival of the fittest kicks in and only the strongest rooted inspirations and desires of your heart will persist, but it is up to you to bring them to life. Time to take action before all the negatives, blocks, and excuses take over! This is where we first start with a routine. We’ll get to a structure soon enough.
By having an AM/PM routine, you are now focusing on your end goals, your purpose, and your vision. You are bringing them fully into consciousness. A routine insures the fact that they will take form and become of powerful value to you and your purpose as a Creative. P.S. We wouldn’t have THriv without them!!
So what does an AM/PM creative routine look like?
Really only you can define that for yourself, but I have some suggestions and guidance:
- Hitting that snooze button is no longer an option! Go to bed at an earlier time or just make that routine start later in the day. Create a routine within your capabilities so you are setting yourself up for success.
- It should be the first thing you do every day, as well as the last.
- It should be as consistent as possible. Taking weekends and holidays off is totally okay, and maybe sometimes you will be inspired to flow right through the weekend with your routine. The flexibility here helps keep your sanity and gives your routine a little change, which is also very healthy.
- It should be something you can do while you are traveling, especially if you travel for your career. (This is key for me. I travel a lot!)
- As you meet goals or decide to run in a different creative direction, your routine may change up a bit. Flexibility is a lifesaving component of a winning routine.
- Eating healthily keeps your body in check and functioning at a level of performance that supports you in getting good nights’ sleep and more stability as you wake up to each new day.
Set a time length for your daily routine, but do create one that is consistent with your core values and beliefs. Whether it’s 15 or 30 minutes or an hour, make sure you are giving yourself enough time to prioritize the fulfillment of your vision and end goals. No “rushing through” your daily plan!
I strongly suggest journaling be a part of your routine. Journaling should focus on intentions of your end goals, and when negativity arises, give it smaller amounts of attention and counteract the negativity with positive affirmations and intentions. I do suggest writing through any negative situations or false beliefs but counter balance them with affirmations and release statements such as: I accept that this is only my current situation or thought and that it doesn’t serve my end goals or vision. It doesn’t define me and I am free to hold onto it or let it go. But I know when I letting it go it will be easier to move forward in the direction of my purpose.”
These routines are meant to add value to your life and will enhance productivity and inspiration. They are not part of the productivity actions. That’s for the creative time you have set aside to actually create. But ideas and inspiration can really flow during this time in your routines!
Here are some suggestions on elements you can incorporate into a routine for the morning and then again for the evening. The AM should be motivating and set you up for the day’s successes. The PM doesn’t have to be very long and should aid in a positive reflection of the day and a restful night’s sleep.
AM ROUTINE SUGGESTIONS:
- Self Reflecting
- Devotionals or daily self-awareness exercises to promote personal growth.
- Make your bed! I am not trying to be your mom here BUT it’s something so small and it gives you a sense of accomplishment at the very beginning of each day, it’s a habit that’s sort of amazing!
- Personal hygiene, of course. Again not trying to be your mom here, but by taking care of yourself at the beginning of each day, you are telling yourself you are very important to YOU! and so everything else you do for the rest of the day will reflect the importance it is to you and to your purpose.
- Essential Oils in a diffuser to wake up the senses.
- Light Exercising/Stretching to get blood flowing and wake up your muscles and keep a youthful flexibility.
- NOTE: Intense exercise routines for strength and/or training should be a separate time to be included in your focus journal or planner as a weekly action and add it to your vision and goals.
- Journaling for
- Questions to contemplate
- Spiritual Enlightenment
- Daily goals and/or end goals
- And any other reason you can think to write your story
- Mediations for clearing the mind of negativity and creating a space where new life and inspired thoughts are invited to enter.
- Healthy Food Prep for the day.
- Plan what you are going to eat and make your meals while you are away from home, so you’re eating healthier vs. what is convenient and bad for you. Or make a mental note that you are going to eat here (a healthy choice for eating out) so you can add it to you calendar and mentally prep for making good choices.
- NOTE: If you practice weekly meal preps then add that to your focus journal weekly planner as a weekly action.
PM ROUTINE SUGGESTIONS:
- Stretching here is good too.
- Grounding Meditations are key to releasing any negativity from your day!
- Relaxation Meditations to help aid in a restful night.
- Essential Oils in a diffuser for clearing and relaxation.
- Again Personal hygiene! It’s not only clutch for saving money on dentist bills but showing yourself that you matter to you!
- Spiritual Enlightenment
- Gratitude Journaling is one I strongly suggest.
- Take a minute to write down the things that happened well for you today and give them thanks!
- Then also try to find gratitude for the things that didn’t help in making the day a great one.
- Seek the lessons and blessings in the day’s happenings!
Are there successful “enough” people out there that don’t give themselves the benefits of an AM or PM routine? Yes! I was one of those struggling “successful” people for too long, but once I went for it and gave a morning routine a try, I was hooked! Even if I don’t complete the whole routine I’ve designed for myself, there are a few key habits I make sure I do daily just to say I did something. And it has made all the difference in setting me up for success. I know you can do it too! There is nothing special about me, except I took steps to turn my Creativity into a super power and this is it!