I think everyone who does something creative know’s that it’s pretty important to get into that specific creative headspace to start creating things. For some people, this is a huge palaver that takes prep and effort, for others its as simple as sitting at their desk. Personally, I’m somewhere in between so I thought it’d be interesting to share my routine and hopefully hear back about yours in the comments!
I’m not getting started doing anything before a cup of coffee, especially not something more ‘boring’ like editing a video or planning out blog posts. It’s the bits that lead to creating something that really drag, and coffee helps propel me forwards towards the fun parts! Personally, I really like having a tasimo machine and using the pods. I mix up what kind of coffee I have from black Brazilian coffee to Costa latte’s, I’ll drink any of it!
I hate sitting in silence to write blog posts or work on editing my novel, so I always have some sort of music on. Nine times out of ten its the Foo Fighters or The Beatles, but sometimes I like listening to ambient sounds like coffee shops or libraries. I listen to those through this website, you can make your own or use the presets, theres all sorts of normal ones like nature and cafe’s but theres also some funny nerdy ones, such as the different Hogwarts houses or the TARDIS at rest.
It doesn’t have to be something big or something you’ll use, but I like to start my creative time by writing something, usually I start off with goals for the day or week, any ideas I’ve had or just a bit of a stream of conscious. I just find it useful to get going with something that’s only semi important so that I’m all warmed up for the stuff that matters.
Something Smells Good.
like to make my work space smell as nice as possible, and I have multiple tools that I use daily to do this. The first are the lavender and peppermint essential oils from Buff&Butter. The peppermint one is great for promoting calmness while staying alert and focused, and the lavender one is great for a relaxing and focused atmosphere. I use these by rubbing a few drops onto my wrists, burning it in an oil burner via candle or by creating a room mist. I also use candles and incense, but the oils are definitely my favourite!
So there’s how I get into my own work mode, tell me how you do it in the comments?!