Being an artist is chaotic. It is research. It is like driving full speed through the fog with one headlight out.
So you need your life and your day to be as structured and helpful as possible to put you in the mental and physical position to do your best every day. To manage the chaos and highs and lows of the art practice.
You must fail a lot as an artist in order to do anything of value, that's uncomfortable and difficult and requires a soft landing to fall back on.
This is what a routine gives you.
It gives you the leeway. It gives you regularity and order in your life so you can be as violent and original in your work as you can.
Do not leave it to the fluctuating and unpredictable whims of 'inspiration'.
Be professional, treat your work seriously and with the respect it deserves. It is your business and your job so act like it.
Be serious so you can be playful.
Be ordered to be chaotic.
Be regular to be spontaneous.
“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.”
- W. Somerset Maugham -