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Breaking the Cycle

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Breaking the Cycle

I am a man of routine. I like to wake up at the same time every day. I have a process for getting ready each morning. Routine is how I get from point A to point B each day. 

Although design and live production have an element of difference with each and every piece, overall, events run the same, and the creative process is the same. In fact, it is overly easy to make the creative process one of routine.

As a man of routine, I also make it a point to change up the routine every now and then. Read first, then eat breakfast. Drive a new route to work. Write outside. Something to break the cycle. 

The idea of breaking the cycle is one that can carry in to the every day of the creative world. If we work in the local church, we know how routinized the Sunday worship times can be. Stand up, sit down. Opening song, announcements, worship and the message. So what would happen if we were to break the cycle? What might happen if we have the message before worship? Or eliminate the announcement time one week?

In the live event world, what would happen if we started with a low-key element instead of a big intro video? What if we set the tone with words rather than music or lights?

Obviously, I am speaking very vaguely today. I am not trying to give functional tips, merely trying to ask the question, "What if we break the cycle this week?" 

I think it's a healthy question to ask. 

If you have any say over how your worship services flow, may I challenge you to look in to ways to break the cycle? Change it up. Mess with the routine. Discover a new way to work, discover a different way to produce. 

 

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