Extraordinary Routines is an interview project illuminating the everyday lives of artists, writers, designers, illustrators, and more to uncover the intersection between creativity and imperfection. 

Finding out how someone spends their day is not about glorifying flawless productivity or finding the perfect routine, but rather shining a light on how people we admire really get through their day – the human foibles and hurdles, as well as the triumphs and achievements. 

From morning rituals to sleeping habits, creative spaces to creative slumps, Extraordinary Routines highlights that it's how we deal with the seemingly ordinary parts of our daily lives that makes them extraordinary. 

Here, you can read about how some of the brightest minds still procrastinate, experience self-doubt, or don't know how to say no. You can also uncover lessons from various life experiments, and get lost in musings on how we can find meaning in our everyday lives. 

Enjoy, reflect, and say hello!


Madeleine Dore

Madeleine Dore

Hello! I'm Madeleine Dore, a writer and interviewer based in Melbourne. 

Curious about how creativity is reflected in our daily lives, I founded Extraordinary Routines in 2014 to better understand how creativity and imperfection intersects. 

Under the Extraordinary Routines banner, I have collaborated with esteemed publications, including a monthly column on Kill Your Darlings, and previously a monthly series on Australia's biggest design blog, The Design Files from 2015-2017.

Previously, I was the Deputy Editor at ArtsHub, where I developed a strong focus on career advice and personal development. I now contribute a popular monthly column spanning creative self-help topics.

I have contributed to publications including Sunday Life, ABC Life, Womankind, Muse, 99u, BBC Capital, Inc.com and more.

Side Project Sessions

Through started Extraordinary Routines, I have seen first hand how starting a side project of your own can help make traction in a creative career. 

Equally, I also understand the pressures and challenges that came along with finding the time, motivation and confidence to get something started or keep up momentum.

In 2018, I started the free event series Side Project Sessions as a way to help people get out of their own way and create extraordinary things.  

Find out more about Side Project Sessions and join the guest list. 

Want to work with Madeleine?

Find out more about my interviewing and writing services
or get in touch at hello @ extraordinaryroutines.com



Amelia Goss – Illustrator and designer

Bri Hammond – Photographer

Prue Aja – Photographer

Matt Henry– Photographer