How breaking free of your routine can help you find your muse
"IF YOU KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DONE, YOU'LL KEEP GETTING WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT."
While a daily routine can make the day go by faster, settling into such a groove can lead to creative stagnation. A change in some of your routines can help reawaken your mind and help with the search for new inspiration.
Change it up
Every day, I take the exact same way to work: ride down the same streets, get on the same onramps, drive down the same lanes, get off the same exit, and pull into the same parking lot day after day after day. Getting there has become so routine, that I cannot even remember doing it half of the time, my mind and muscle memory so deeply ingrained with the pattern of turns, accelerations, brakes and lane changes that my conscious brain does not even bother to waste any more storage space to record the event.
Then, one morning a major accident shut down the overpass and I was forced to take an alternate route to work. I found that as I maneuvered through these strange new streets and alleyways, my mind woke up and took notice of the new and different stimuli. As I forged my new path to work, I ended up taking notice of cool neighborhoods that I had previously sailed over that seemed to contain many different shops and eateries that begged for my exploration. This brake from a normal driving routine also led to me discovering a new shortcut that I could take in time of backup.
When it comes to creative inspiration, your muse and this new route to work I discovered can have a lot in common. While routine is a good way to go through motions without having to really think about it, it is also a good way to numb your creativity. In order to wake you brain up and get it to see new creative possibilities, it is sometimes necessary to shake things up a bit. Next time you are looking for your muse, see if changing up some of your regular routines can help you discover new ideas or show you new directions in which to take your inspiration. Take another way to work, change up your morning jogging route, rearrange your regular schedule, do something that breaks up the monotony and watch as new ideas come creeping in.