I’ve always found that making life changes, even if temporary, aren’t easy to adjust to. For someone like myself who’s comfortable following routines, having your entire schedule being thrown off by other things you have to worry about isn’t easy to deal with. Routines, as I mentioned in my post titled Memories and Time, actually makes time appear to go faster as similar events become compressed in memory. So why do I still follow routines? Well, I’ve always felt strongly about doing something consistently if you want to learn something properly. The best way to build consistency is by following routines. Fundamentally, the key is find a balance between following routines and having new experiences. Following a entire daily routine isn’t going to help nurture your creativity, yet, not doing anything consistently won’t lead to effective learning.
It seems that people fall into one of the two camps – routine-freaks and experience seekers. Some may argue that it doesn’t matter which camp you fall into – shouldn’t we accept people for who they are? That argument is valid, but what we need most in today’s world are problem solvers. Ever increasing political tension, systemic poverty and overpopulation are just some of the problems that we are facing today. Solving these problems requires both an understanding of specific subject matters and creativity. In short, we need smart creative people. The best way to become such a person is to follow some sort of a routine but also allow yourself time for creative tasks. Creativity can be anything from drawing, going outside to take photos, or just thinking about ideas that solve real problems.