The last part of this series of blog posts. Summarising the learnings I want to stress 3 methods/tips that really worked for me in my battle against procrastination.
- The One Minute Rule – Never wait with something if it takes 60 seconds or less to do. This was so simple but effective I want to urge everyone to try it. It didn’t take much energy at all to adopt because it only takes 1 minute of your time. Important to note though is never lie to yourself and trick yourself into thinking that something will take 1 minute if it isn’t. It might work the few first times, but then your brain will understand that you tricked yourself and you will stop trusting the method, rendering the technique ineffective. The best thing with the process is the positive effect I saw sparked by this simple change in mindset.
- If you want to create a new habit, consider creating a ritual with it. For me, I prepared tea before I sat down to do my one-hour creative time. Sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself to sit down to work on your painting or whatever if you happen to get stuck in a difficult place or if energy is low that day. But making tea is something I enjoy because it doesn’t take any brain power, it calms me, and it takes very little time. It’s a one-minute thing. It doesn’t take much convincing for me to start making tea. And by starting making tea, I’ve at the same time started on my creative hour ?I also get in the mood while making the tea and suddenly it’s not that difficult to continue and sit down for my creative hour anymore.
- I’ve learned that rewarding yourself for doing something can easily harm your ability to form it into a habit if you are not careful with what kind of award you choose. I didn’t give myself any reward for drawing for one hour every day. I didn’t say that after a week I can take a break from it for two days. Or I get to read manga or watch anime after each time. Because if I would it will feel like I’ve come to an end when I get the reward, and it’s harder to continue the next day. It will also create a reason for you to argue against it, e.g. “I feel tired today. I don’t want to read manga anyway. So, it should be ok to skip the creative time if I skip over reading manga today maybe”. But awards that are related to your habit can help, like in my case; I can give myself a new pen or new watercolour so I can do even more paintings. But what I did was I sent a picture to Strawberry every day, reporting what I have done. It’s fun to share because we live quite a bit from each other, so it’s fun to get updates from each other. When we send updates to each other we inspire each other and usually creates a positive snowball effect 🙂
I hope you can try one of these three tips and tell me if it works for you 🙂
Testing colour themes
I did the offline colour test. It really was so much easier. I find it much easier to “zoom in” and “zoom out” with traditional art. I tend to get caught in the details in digital art. With watercolours, it’s so easy to change the intensity and value of the colours and how transparent I want it to be. And it’s a tactile process. With digital art, it’s adjusting some bars and numbers, and there are lots of options. I’m sure my preference is just a matter of habit though. I admire a lot of great digital artist and their paintings. Some effect is super hard to mimic to traditional art. The digital process of creating art just never got stuck on me. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll do a challenge and dedicate myself a year to get good at it 🙂
I also found a new video, “How to Avoid Muddy Colors when Painting – Color Mixing Secrets Demystified for Beginners” by makoccino. Sometimes I fail to mix the colour I’m after, and this video totally explained why! Apparently the temperature of the colours you use play an important role in the outcome.