Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Day Of Not Doing

Every day when I get out of bed, I brush my teeth, let the dogs out, feed the cats and get coffee. I wander downstairs and have a look at the internet to see what is going on.

Every day when R comes home, he walks in, kisses me hello, pets the dogs, changes his clothes and then settles in to read the paper. I know I am not supposed to talk to him until he is done reading it, but some days I feel kinda chatty and don't observe the sanctity of the paper. He gets a bit annoyed when I break up his routine.

There is a certain comfort in doing the same things. Human beings and animals both like their routines. We have morning routines, eating routines, shopping routines, daily travel routines and work routines. We get into leisure time routines as well. But when does a routine turn into a rut?

As artists we need to be careful about the routines we fall into because that can carry over into our work. Sometimes we need to change things up a bit in other areas of our lives in order to change up what we make. Changing our routines, even for one day can give us a fresh perspective.

I kind of feel like I need to do that. So I have decided that tomorrow will be my official day of not doing. Of course there are certain things you have to do, like eat and let the dogs out. But I am not going to get on the internet. I am not going to have coffee first thing, maybe I will try some juice. I am going to try to change up as many things as I can.

I haven't been terribly motivated to work or post or do a lot of things I need to do, so I think it's time for a fresh perspective. I will let you know how it goes. I also invite you to have your own day of not doing as well. Maybe we can compare notes and see what we learn from it.

I have a feeling this little experiment is going to be very difficult, but worth it. I guess we shall see. In the mean time, I am going to go to bed. That's one routine I can't change!


Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hey Kelly ~
What a great post, enough to make me think of the Dull Routine I am in... Your so right, time to change things up a bit... Maybe for Me it is because it is just Me & the Cat ~ things can seem so routine, that they feel LifeLess~ Now for NOT going on the computer for a Day, Not sure if I could do that - Computer to Me is My Lifeline ~ But, it would be worth a Try....
See ya when your back~

julietk said...

I find a break from doing all the usual stuff, makes me much keener to get back to it. I suppose that is one of the reasons I make so many different things, I would hate to get so fed up with making one specific thing that I loose the urge to make at all. See you after your experiment Kelly.

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