Keep going. The creative journey
“Any man can fight the battles of just one day,” begins a passage collected in Richmond Walker’s book of meditation for recovering alcoholics.
The sudden creative genius insight , hit song or masterpiece is a myth. The creative journey is not one in which you're crowned the triumphant hero and live happily ever after, writes Austin Kleon in his new book Keep Going. Austin argues - the real creative journey is one in which you wake up every day and stick to a daily ritual of getting work done - an excellent start for not going crazy.
Fun fact, I launched this blog 4 years ago thanks to another Austin Kleon book - Show your work, but I kept questioning the value of my writing and if anyone might benefit from it. I forgot the main “user“ is my inner creative engine and the need to keep the muscle moving, to build the habit and to get better at writing and organizing ideas.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia. - Kurt Vonnegut
I just completed the first chapter of Keep Going and immediately felt the urge to get back into my daily learning and “production” routine, including posts on Tudornotes.com
Here is my current flow:
05:00 - 05:30 - Morning priming - Cold Shower, 7M workout, Calm meditation, Journaling, Bulletproof coffee
05:30 - 06:45 - Learning window - Collecting insights from TED Talks / Articles / Courses / Codecademy / Books
06:45 - 07:15 - Documentation - Share the daily learning insights (or random ideas) on tudornotes.com
07:15 - 08:00 - Breakfast
08:00 - 12:00 - Hustle - Mechanical tasks, work that needs to be done to secure cash flow
12:00 - 13:00 - Break - Freeletics workout and lunch
14:00 - 18:00 - Creative segment - work on new ideas, the podcast and consulting projects
18:00 - 19:00 - Dinner
19:00 - 22:00 - Social - Time for reading, meeting friends, learning Dutch, Joining a JCI or Toastmasters meeting
22:00 - 23:00 - Recap - Journaling, transitioning to sleep mode.
To be continued. I got to run to the bakery now, it’s 7:12 🥐⏱