As we all now first steps are hard – that is why it is important to develop a ritual of preparation that helps you get into creative mood and produce great results.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal takes a cold shower 45 min before every match, during the match he towels down after every point and points the labels of his drinking bottles toward the end of the court he’s about to play from and never stands up from his chair before his opponent.
Recently I’ve felt a lot more motivated to start working if I clean beforehand or tidy my work space so it looks very organised and minimal at the end of a working day so that I come back to a fresh space the next day. I’ve also gotten into the habit of visualising how much I’ll enjoy painting when I’m not really feeling it or finding it difficult to start. I’ve also started listening to a podcast about design stories on a radio station called 99% invisible or interviews/biographies of other creatives I like….I find it really inspiring and motivating to hear these stories when I’m getting started with painting…later when I’m more into it I’ll switch to music.
– Anne Bengard, Artist pushing the boundaries of watercolour, www.annebengard.com
I get up at 5.00 – write for an hour, longhand, go for a walk around the hood listening to an audio book, come back do 20 mins yoga and 108 gayatri mantra – I heart ritual it makes my day better.
– Lisa Lister – defender of female awesomeness, menstrual maven + author of Code Red: know your flow, unlock your monthly super powers + create a bloody amazing life. Period. www.thesassyshe.com
I mostly draw illustrations/comics about me in every day life – or something with a feministic undertone.
I always get my ideas from listening and observing the people around me in every day life or from reading people’s opinions on the internet. When something they have said has made me irritated and been bugging me for a while, I just know I have to draw it. It’s kind of like a “final say” for me and to get it out of my system. When this creativity hits me I need three things to get in the ultimate mood: Alone time, coffee and my “techno beats”-playlist on Spotify. I never listen to that kind of music except for when I’m drawing. It just gets me in the right, powerful mood and helps me focus better than any other music.
– My Gerdin, Illustrator/Entrepreneur www.lilija.com/
First I try to simplify what I am gonna do as much as possible, as such I can beat resistance and avoid procrastination. I also work a lot with setting intentions before starting to work.
– Pernilla Gullstrand, Street artist/ Illustrator / Jewellery maker www.pollyforpreacher.com/
Now I would love to hear from you! Do you have a ritual of preparation? If so what do you do to get into work mood? If you do not perform your ritual – do you notice any difference is your productivity and ability to get started?