"Somebody's boring me...I think it's me."
Routines and habits can be very powerful and helpful. They can support you by providing a foundation, giving you the comfort of the known, signalling the start of the next piece of work, or creating a state of mind. In her excellent book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp talks of how she goes to the gym every morning. However, the process begins not when she arrives at the gym or changes into her kit, but when she hails the cab to get her there.
However, sometimes these habits can become so ingrained that you can suddenly find yourself bored. If you ever feel like this, but don't know what you want to do, start by making small changes.
The changes could be in your working methods. Try a piece of work in a different range of colours. Dance to a completely different genre of music (or no music). Write a sonnet instead of a blog. Swap studios with a colleague for an afternoon.
(As a footloose freelancer, every couple of days my laptop and I make the rounds of some of the best wi-fi venues around London for a few hours work. I am finding that the different settings fit with different kinds of work. As I write now, the gentle hum of conversation in the British Library cafe provides a stimulating background. If I want to do planning, the quiet upper reaches of the National Theatre do very nicely.)
Or you could just try some smaller, everyday changes, like having an unusual (for you) filling in your sandwich or a different soup. Drink hot chocolate instead of coffee. Take a different route to your studio/office. Listen to a different radio station in the morning.
When you try these changes (and I am suggesting one at a time, not trying them all at once), see how it feels. You might not like some of them, they might not work for you and that's fine. You only need to try it once.
On the other hand, you might find something really interesting coming out of it, something that sparks new ideas.
The most important thing to observe is how easy it is to try something new. And from adding, for example, a new choice of soup to your menu, you might be inspired to gradually change the whole kitchen.
But at least you won't be bored.
If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, book for a Light the Blue Touchpaper session.