What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year?
I’m definitely on more of a schedule this year now that my daughter goes to school all day. I’m up by six -sometimes earlier. I like to be up a wee bit earlier than the rest of my family so as to have a tiny morsel of time to myself to clear my head and prepare for the day. I find it calming and then I feel less harried later on.
It’s the usual sort of activity in the morning once everyone is up. Heat water, grind coffee beans, prep the French Press and wait a few minutes. Prepare breakfast, empty dishwasher, hurry my daughter along as she tends to dawdle in the morning. Get her ready to head out the door, walk her to the bus and then walk home. Grab a second cup of coffee or reheat the current one, head downstairs to the computer and then it’s time to play some World of Warcraft for a couple hours with my friend Gwen. We Skype as we play and chat about a variety of things – our business, life, the game, etc… . She heads off to work, I queue up whatever project I’m working on and get to work. Sometimes I throw in a load of laundry or pick up the house. Over the course of the day, I workout with my kettlebells and/or walk/run on the treadmill. Lately, I have been crocheting as I watch television. I’m working on several Christmas presents.
I would not say I have a set ritual. Perhaps that is the problem. Maybe I need to set more of one to get me more focused. I was thinking about this the other day. I would like to have more of one. Perhaps it would make me seem more “official” in my own eyes. I find I have a difficult time taking myself seriously when it comes to my writing/work. How can something I do enjoy be considered work? I’m not sure if it comes from years of my father constantly hammering on about how you don’t have fun when working. Work was not something to be enjoyed. I don’t believe that but I wonder if subconsciously, that is there in the back of my mind – getting in my way.
In the new year, I would like to establish more of a routine/ritual. I think if I incorporate it slowly and do it consistently, it will stick. 🙂 I love reading about the rituals/routines of other writers. Sometimes I find myself hoping perhaps their ideas will rub off on me and correct whatever it is I’m doing wrong.
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