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Writing for the bin

My mate Doug runs fab workshops, exploring different themes using art. He uses a warm-up exercise, as most people are fearful of art, that he titles ‘drawing for the bin’.

Essentially, if you remove the pressure so that you are just drawing with no intention of sharing or keeping, just screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin, you relax and after several sheets of paper, you’ve warmed up and are then able to do something better.

The same applies to many things, including writing.

This is my 5th draft blog in the last 45 minutes, I was stuck with something to write, I started to feel the pressure, so I just wrote, and then opened another blank screen and wrote again and again.

5 times over until I wrote this. Writing without the pressure of sharing it, makes it easy. Doing it several times in a row warms you up.

Pressure inhibits and is removed when you stop thinking and just start without an expected outcome.

Lightning learning


If you want to change something, then you need to find a way of accelerating your learning.

You can only accelerate your learning by doing more.

Doing more comes from building a habit.

It’s the building the habit that is the challenge initially. However, armed with a real deep down desire to change something, the commitment to do the daily habit forming routines, to do the practicing, to cut the new pathways in the brain, to build the momentum, comes easier and easier the longer down the path of change that you go.

Learning like anything else, gets better with practice, so as time passes the learning ‘muscle’ gets stronger and stronger, and you learn faster and faster.

You will reach a point of lightning learning compared to where you previously were and the more you continue, the more the compound effect takes place.

Like all things that are worth it in life, it takes time and patience with yourself. However, the quicker you are able to learn things, the faster you can accelerate your self-development and change becomes faster too.