With the New Year right around the corner I’ve been reflecting on 2011. I’ve been thinking mostly about the things I did right and the things I wish I would’ve done differently. I have to be careful with past reflection, it’s easy for me to only focus on the negatives and turn it into a downward spiral.
But it’s good to do a little of it, how else can you grow?
Well, at the beginning of this year I really wanted to get back into my art. With a full-time job, and a growing family, this wasn’t easy. I found myself going long stretches without spending anytime on it. Then I would go a week waking up at 4 am and going to bed at 1 am. Then it would be two weeks off and a couple days on, then three weeks off and a one day on, until I found myself completely unmotivated to paint.
Half way through the year something clicked. It hit me, this wasn’t working. Art was supposed to be fun, but it was feeling more like a chore. So I decided to try something different. Instead of cramming random hours in at a time, I’d do something artistic everyday and only spend 30 minutes.
I learned a few things from working this way:
- I finished more artwork by consistently spending 30 minutes everyday, then I ever did spending a couple hours here and there.
- Art became fun again, mostly because I was doing it everyday.
- More sleep! Pacing yourself not only works well in a marathon, it works well in life.
All in all, 2011 gave me the Focused-Short-Burst Method! I’ll be taking this into 2012, with the hopes of building on it.