I’VE ALWAYS BEEN SO CURIOUS about other people’s creative processes that I rarely ever stop to consider what helps me get my creative juices flowing and produce my best work.
But as creators, it IS super important that we slow down long enough to ponder what helps us feel at our best—what gets our own head spaces “right” in order to offer the juiciest creative work we can. For me, it’s become so crucial to do this first thing before I even touch someone else’s project.
Whether it’s creating content for a website, writing an article or planning creative direction, I don’t take lightly the fact that clients trust me to put my best self into a project. It’s constantly evolving but lately my “best self” morning routine involves…
• washing my face with the most nourishing clean products
• making the bed (v. important)
• fighting off an excited puppy (step not necessary)
• drinking a big glass of water
• zipping up a healthy smoothie
• walking in nature with said excited puppy
• having coffee and/or cacao
• sitting in meditation (preferably in the sun) for a good half hour +
And yes, sometimes this means having a slower start to the typical “work day” (the perception of which is slowly changing, thankfully). Because the truth is, if I’m feeling out of alignment, chances are my work is going to come through as slightly “off” and I’ll have to spend more time on it later anyway.
I realize that getting to make my own schedule (and not having children) offers me this privilege/liberty, but it’s unapologetic time that’s now non-negotiable. In fact, I encourage everyone to make time for themselves everyday before heading out into the world.
Side note: I used to be so guilty of flinging myself out the door—literally, ask anyone I’ve lived with—with (maybe) a banana in my hand and (likely) running 5-10 minutes late. But I now know how much better off I am, and therefore my work is, by carving out time for those regular morning practices and actually having my head screwed on right.