I thrive on routine. I thrive on shaking up my routine. How can these two statements be compatible? Perhaps an example or two is the best explanation.
Here are a few of my routines:
- Start my day by writing two morning pages;
- Breakfast of a soft boiled egg on toast or oatmeal accompanied by fruit;
- Attend a yoga class Monday through Friday;
- Devote Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to creating in my studio;
- Handle art business on Wednesday; and
- Run errands and pay bills on Friday.
The scary thing is I could double or triple that list with all my routines and regularly scheduled events. Many people would find this boring. Not me. I find it comfortable, reassuring AND it frees my brain to drift, since I don’t have to make frequent decisions of what to do during the day. The basic structure of my days is solid.
Not So Routine
However, to keep things from getting boring I do add new routines. I also set and work towards new goals. Two compatible goals I’ve added to 2020 are:
- Use Instagram; and
- Cohasset Open Studios
Last summer there was a general call for artists to post a daily art work on Instagram for 100 days. SAQA encouraged its members to participate. I didn’t join in. My excuse was the timing wasn’t right. Then SAQA reissued the challenge to start up on February 1 of this year. It occurred to me that the timing wasn’t right, BUT also, that I would never have 100 days in a row when I could both make and post art. So, I committed this time. I will simply extend the deadline the number of days I need to accommodate for the days I miss due to travel.
Instagram eludes me. Time to get over that mental road block. Nothing like posting daily to help cement the process in my brain. I’m also working on branding my Instagram and Facebook accounts by posting theme based images and surrounding those images with a black border. My Instagram address, if you are curious is: gwynedtrefethen .
Do you see how I have combined my latest goals? Each project is doing double or triple duty. Love it when I achieve this.
How are changing things up this year?
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.