Create something new everyday, no matter what — doesn’t matter if it isn’t any good or if it doesn’t serve any real purpose. Over time it’ll make you a master of your craft. That’s probably the best advice I’ve been given and can give to anyone who wants to create new things.
Now I do agree that ‘create’ by itself is a rather broad category. But the beauty of this is that you should be able to practice this on any of them — if you’re a programmer write a snippet of code everyday or add to something big you’ve always wanted to create, if you’re a designer keep redesigning those everyday tools; you get the gist — just CREATE!
There is always a sharp learning curve between being miserable trying to understand the concepts of your craft and coming to a point where you actually enjoy and get excited about the next thing you could create. This applies more to technical crafts such as programming, and if you’re not careful about your learning process you’d most likely burnout and give up altogether.
I can tell you from my own little experience that I’ve given up learning a countless number languages from Ruby to Python by simply going at it too big; and by that I mean skipping the fundamental lessons and going straight to building apps.
I used to go through this cycle of frustration again and again because I absolutely needed to learn these tools. If you’re a compulsive creator you’d always want to find a way to make the things you dream — but wouldn’t it simply be awesome if I would just take a moment, relax and learn from the boring basics?
Easy enough for me to write— but I still deal with this cycle. Although now I consciously do my best to ease into it. The key is to take it in small sustainable doses. Only do what you can sustain — otherwise it’ll all just be a big waste of time and more likely than not you’ll end up doing it all over again. Making it an even bigger waste of time.
To give you can example – think you want to start exercising. You’d want to do 40 push-ups. But if you try that on the very first day you’d end up with a set of sore muscles and probably a bit disappointed in your fitness. But if you start with 5 and add 5 more every week then you’re muscles will gradually get stronger and closer to achieving that ideal 40 with ease. No soreness. No burnouts.
So to recap this bite-sized article.* Create something new everyday. Only do what you can sustain.*
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