I feel the same way. I’m excited too to find out what was happening with the life of creative people to make them famous and success in history. They own superb productivity and maintain theirself very well. Obviously, there are so many things we can learn from their habit.
Believe it or not, Steve Jobs has unusual habits in his life, such as routinely sat on toilet or dangling his bare feet while he came up with the new ideas. The inventor of floppy disc, Yoshiro Nakamatsu, has unique habits too. He would not mind to dive deep under water until his brain was deprived of exygen, to finally write his ideas on an underwater sticky pad. Those are all sound weird, right? It indeed happens to creative people!
Forget all the weirdness, because sometimes it’s all on each of creative people. It’s like they have their own world and philosophy and their private creative mind. They do need some touch of madness as Aristotle said.
You no need to follow that crazy habits because it was not for you. At least you can follow these creative people’s common habit to be in their path. Quoted from Forbes, these are six strategies the creative people use to rise the power of change. You can follow them and watch, in near later you’ll reach new levels of creative productivity.
- Wake Up Early in The Morning
The major of creative thinkers are early risers. Though, actually not all creative minds have this habit. William Styron ( the author of te best seller Sophie’s Choice ) and Franz Kafka were the exception because they routinely stayed up all night writing and wake up at noon everyday to replace their rest time. In the list of creative people who wake up early, you’ll find Benjamin Franklin, Howard Schultz and Ernest Hemmingway. Franklin woke up early to make his plan of the day run well. Schultz enjoy his morning riser habit to send motivational emails to his employees, while Ernest Hemingway woke up at 5 am everyday to start his writing. They have different reason for this habit, they have similar purpose as a way to avoid distraction whatsoever.
- Exercise Frequently
Having regular exercise will make you feeling good physically. It will give you the best mood to focus and stay productive in long term. According to Stanford research, 90% of people were more creative after they exercise. It because exercise actually forces you to have disconnected time and it give you relaxation effect on what you do later.
For various reason, no wonder it becomes one of creative people’s habit. Especially because they have solid daily routines anytime of the day. Kurt Vonnegut took walks into the nearby town, swam laps and did light exercise like sit-ups and push-ups while Richard Branson always loves run every morning. The composer Beethoven and Tchaikovsky too enjoy their light exercise as often caught having walked daily.
- Adherent to Solid Schedule
To make their plan run well, the creative people will stick to their strict schedule. They know structure is needed to be successful. Well, we may heard that creative life has no structure and live in their own. However, obviously, most of the popular creative people has the opposite. They do need the solid schedule to accomodate their creativity.
- Keep Your Day Job
Creative people don’t like waste their chance. They love to be busy while doing one and another. In fact, day jobs provide more than the much-needed financial security to create freely. Their idea was growing up to plan new thing have its time. You will meet Jacob Arabo, William Faulkner and Philip Glass in this list as they kept their day jobs is a long one. Arabo started designing his own jewelry while working in a jewelry shop, while William Faulkner worked in a power plant while he writing ‘As I Lay Dying’. They know how to keep it in balance.
- They Can Work Anywhere, Anytime
Creative people know they can work anywhere. They creative work type would not wait to get the perfect place to work. They know, if they keep waiting, the perfect place and ideal time will never come. They may end up to change their job frequently.
JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter started her journey on a napkin on a train, and Steve Jobs started his Apple in mom’s garage. They did it because they want it, so place is not a matter anymore. Anytime you have creative idea, don’t ever waste it, you really have to put it into action as soon as possible. If you don’t, that idea soon will sink nowhere.
- Learn That Creative Blocks Are Just Procrastination
True, we always have reason for procrastination. It’s like you you had creative block, writing block or whatever hits you in a consecutive row. You have to remember, the greatest enemy of creativity is inactivity.
The popular author, Jodi Picoult summarized creative block in a perfect statement :
“I don’t believe in writer’s block. Think about it—when you were blocked in college and had to write a paper, didn’t it always manage to fix itself the night before the paper was due? Writer’s block is having too much time on your hands. If you have a limited amount of time to write, you just sit down and do it. You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
I know you listen this guys, so each time you feel like it’s a creative block, the only thing to do is keep moving forward. You can just do it and that creative block sentence will remain an excuse that you can handle.