In the first chapter of Conceptual blockbusting, the author James L. Adams, explains that habits and creativity are counterparts (2001, p.1-14). Adams further adds that habits can prevent one from being creative. In addition, the author also agrees that creativity can be learned as that is one of the premises for writing the book. If creativity can be learned, then it can certainly become a habit. Hence, a habit cannot always be detrimental to creativity.

Habits and Creativity Are Interconnected

The article published in the Review of General Psychology Journal on Habitual creativity argues that habits and creativity are interconnected (Glaveanu, 2012).  Habits can be a source of creativity because it automates routine tasks allowing one to focus mental resources on other parts of an activity to enhance creativity (Glaveanu, 2012).  Take for example, the musicians, who need to first practice learn how to read and play music before they can become creative. Habitual practice helps musicians to master the skills and this “often becomes associated with advanced forms of creative expression” (Glaveanu, 2012, p.2).

In my career to become an entrepreneur, I constantly face situations that require me to be creative. My undergraduate studies as an Entrepreneurship student, has helped me to learn the mindset required to be an entrepreneur. One factor that motivates me to be creative is the lack of financial resources to fund my projects. I ask myself habitually how can I acquire resources without buying them (bootstrapping)? I may pool my finances with other people to acquire the resources or ask people to borrow their resources while not in use. This thought process has become unconscious for me and   demonstrates that habits can be beneficial to creativity.

Reference

Adams, J. (2001). Conceptual blockbusting. (4 ed.). Cambridge: Basic Books.

Glaveanu, V. (2012). Habitual creativity: Revising habit, reconceptualizing creativity. Review Of General Psychology, 16(1), 78-92. doi:10.1037/a0026611