I've got a trio of creative messages I'm trying to use in my writings for the blog. The first is
"Iterate Bit By Bit to Evolve"
I'm from software development, where projects are often improved little by little, with no definite end point. That's how I kind of see our lives and learning.
Humans aren't made to stay still. While we may resist change for a while it will come, in a trickle or a wave, from internal or external forces.
So we can choose a few things we want to improve and make those changes in small chunks.
That's the evolving bit. We can choose our changes or they may be forced upon us.
I suppose it's about having a little bit of control.
That doesn't mean not living in the present, or spending time with friends and family.
It's just a small message to guide my blog.
Breaking it Down
The iterating part is making some changes. Then seeing what more changes can be made to head in the same direction.
When we take on large goals, challenges or declarations, they can be overwhelming.
If we don't we can hide from our large goals, putting them off with meaningless tasks or avoiding them until they wither away.
Or not thinking about them at all and heading in their direction, one step at a time.
But breaking them down and dealing with them step by step.
Make those improvements as small as possible and there will be changes
Each day you might teach more to those around you
Each day you might take a little joy in your garden
Each day you might make a small drawing
Each day you could learn a little more of a language
How is this a creative thing?
Creativity isn't an innate talent. It's a skill that can be learned and improved.
At least that's what I'm striving for.
Each article of this personal blog is a step to evolution.
Thoughts on Methodology
Choose a few things you would like to improve and make those improvements. Make the improvements as small as possible and start there. Then repeat them change direction or the steps as needed.
Break down larger goals into smaller ones.
Ways to measure can be useful. Times. Words learnt on a language app. Number of pdfs released or articles written.
Push yourself a little into discomfort for some challenges.
It ties in deeply with habits, as many of these iterative steps could be habits.
I use podcasts for lots of small increments. Each episode might have some nugget of something useful of fun
I've set 100 objectives for the year as inspired by Leonie and use some of those to make steps towards something larger.
I'm hoping to iterate towards improvements with health, fluency in Portuguese and Polish, improving personal relationships, finding my voice as a writer, becoming an EU citizen, understanding more about art.
And remembering to smile. And dance.
This is one of three creative messages I try to put into the blog and will cover the others in the future.
What internal messages do you live life by?