In this lesson, we talk about how to get better at writing, drawing, painting, music, coding or any creative habit. How to get from crappy
The answer is to just keep doing it regularly. You don’t need to do it for long periods of time, but frequently. If you do it every single day for the course of a month, you’ll get a lot better over the course of a month.
I’ve proven this to myself by writing a novel every day for a month, in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) … twice. The first time I did 50,000 words in a month, and the second time I did 110,000 words in a month.
I really developed as a writer by writing every day for a newspaper â€” doing this forced me to get better and better. Learning to work with words, face the blank page, to revise, motivate myself, meet deadlines. I got better and better over almost two decades of doing this.
Then I became a blogger, about a decade ago, and I blogged every single day for a year. I got much better at blog writing over the course of that year.
I’ve sketched every single day for a month, but others who’ve sketched every day for a year, for two years … they got amazingly better.
That’s how you get better â€” do it every day.
If this is true … then the question is how can we do that?
I’m offering you a daily habit. Every single day, for six weeks.
If you get sick, if you can’t do it because of travel or some other reason … just start again as soon as you can. Don’t let your habit collapse if you miss a few days. That said, try to do it every single day.
Commit to doing it daily, and reporting every single week on how you did. That simple.
All I’m asking you to do is 5 minutes a day. Just get started. Focus for five minutes (or two if you can’t for 5 minutes).
Watch the distractions that you’re running to, practice the unprocrastination method we practiced in the last course, don’t let yourself run. Stay focused, face your fears, overcome the urge to go to distractions.
I’ve been doing this practice for years, and it has been amazing.
Take the vow today to do your creative habit every single day for 5 minutes for the next 6 weeks. And to check in weekly on how you did.
Sign up for the challenge (to focus on creating every day) by commiting in the Slack channel for this challenge.