I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. Charles Dickens
Mason Currey’s book: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work compiles the rituals of the day that welcome the creative process. Toni Morrison managed a nine-to-five job while raising two sons as a single parent by rising early using the morning light as inspiration. His writing is summarized in this interesting interactive chart. I only wish he had given us more information about women.
As a young author taking care of three small children, Alice Munro learned to write in gleaned slivers of time, churning out stories during children’s nap times, in between feedings, and as dinners baked in the oven. It took her nearly twenty years to put together her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 when she was thirty-seven.
Leo Babauta of the blog Zen Habits lists his morning ritual: 1. Wake at 4:30 a.m. 2. Drink water. 3. Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today. 4. Fix lunches for kids and myself. 5. Eat breakfast, read. 6. Exercise (run, bike, swim, strength, or yardwork) or meditate. 7. Shower. 8. Wake wife & kids at 6:30 a.m.
It’s so easy to be distracted in this high-speed computer oriented world of ours. The secret for me is to make use of the tools rather than wallow in them. I love my time with pinterest over a coffee and breakfast. It fuels my creativity just like journal writing in the old days.