I’m a lay practitioner but do everything I can to treat my life as a monastic practice. In this respect, doing dishes is as important and essential to my life as making art. They are one in the same.
Most artists are hyper sensitive and mental health is a daily effort. But here's the thing – Mindfulness while working is equal to mindfulness while living a mundane life. It's all the same level of effort. 
Things happen naturally if we allow them to happen and don’t judge them. Trying to live in wisdom, doing things to help others, and choosing awareness over egoic behavior are constants no matter what happens in the external world. The inward view is a constant, outward is out of our control. Yet they are the same. 
A wise master once said, “Set up your life so you can sit well”. This means, for a student of Zen, (and I think everyone), your meditation practice and mindfulness practice should be of primary importance in your life.