I sometimes write in a coffee shop. I might go there because the peeps at home are driving me nuts, sometimes because I am feeling uninspired and hope a short stroll and change of scenery will help jolt my creativity, sometimes because I am away from home and just plain need a pit stop with a table, wifi and a caffeine fix.
Atmosphere Affects Creative Flow
Ordinarily, I would prefer to work at home in solitude. But a coffee shop atmosphere sometimes works really well for me. Why? The virtual anonymity combined with the steady background hum, the orderly flow of customers and the rhythm of busy baristas create a soothing neutral but energized atmosphere. Of course, disruptions can happen here, too: if the music is jarring, if children cry, or if there is loud rudeness then the feeling turns lousy and it impedes my creative flow. Frustrating when that happens!
The Ritual Sequence I Follow
Assuming all is well with the vibe, I perform a multi-step getting ready to work ritual, or what I consider to be a meditative creative ritual.
I get my drink in a to-go cup with a lid. I select a seat near an outlet with my back to a wall. I wipe down the table and set the cup to my right at two o’clock position. I place my bag at arm’s reach on a chair to my left. My folder goes on the table at twelve o’clock. I set my phone on vibrate and place it to the right at 3:00. I remove the lid from the to-go cup. I open my laptop. Sip my drink. And then I write.
So that’s the ritual I’ve unconsciously developed to prepare myself mentally to work creatively when I am away from home. Do you have one?
What kind(s) of creative rituals do you use?
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