Last week, I mapped out a daily routine for myself. It was partially inspired by 99Ū's book Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, but I was more inspired by all the doctors treating my schizophrenia stressing the importance of having a routine. For the longest time, I never had a routine because I worked in retail. It was impossible to have a routine with such sporadic shifts. Now, with my new job as a web developer, I have the tremendous privilege of being able to build a routine for myself.
Part of this routine includes a daily practice of improving skills that I've always wanted to improve. Especially drawing. I have attempted to draw regularly in the past, but I always found it a struggle figuring out what to draw. So, I bought a sketchbook with drawing prompts in it. At the same time, I bought an almost identical book, except instead of drawing, it has writing prompts. I'm treating this writing prompt book in a few different ways. Some will be (extremely) short stories, some will be poems, and some will simply be journaling-style writing. I figure the simple act of writing will move the needle in, well, some direction. For now, I am not doing prompts on Saturdays, but that may change in the future.
For now, I am limiting my prompts to 1 drawing and 1 writing per day, though I may add (and later subtract) from this routine of prompts as my interests and goals change. This is less for other people and more for myself, but I see no reason not to make it public in case people are interested. If you're one of those people, I hope you enjoy!