Ritual vs. Routine.
Switching our minds into work mode is not as simple as one, two, three. We can get into an autopilot and set up our workspace but that doesn’t bring us into the moment. Once you are set up, you can still not be in the right frame of mind to be creative.
A routine is a checklist of tasks to be completed. It is designed to be mindless and remove stress. Simple tasks like making coffee can be such a routine. We are thinking about our day while we prep our coffee maker. The task list is so routine, you question if you even remembered to do it. Then you smell your morning coffee and thank yourself.
A Ritual is like a routine is the sense that it has a list. The difference is the steps in the routine ask you to be more present. If making coffee was a routine, you would slow down and take joy in each step. As you measures the beans, to counting how long to grind them, weigh out your grinds to adding clean water and so forth.
When you start to add a ritual to you art life, you will find it bring in good energy to you and your moment.