3/365 – Repetition
I find so true that when you want to really own something, in terms of know-how and mastery, you need to do it again and again over time, in other words: Practice.
I love the concept of repetition and that’s the main idea behind the Postcards and the One Sketch a Day projects. I love the daily appointment with myself and the moment of reflection that springs from that. I started both of them with the idea of learning and exploring something from scratch or just wanting to get better at it. I started because I wanted to explore what generates an idea and to learn a new tool (the videos in the Postcards) and to constantly practice in something I don’t do enough just for myself (drawing every day).
Repetition generates all sorts of reflections:
- Why am I doing it?
- How else could I do it?
- What makes it different from yesterday?
- What’s the easiest way to make it different from yesterday?
- How is it relevant to me and to the world?
- How will I have fun doing it again tomorrow?
- Where do I look for inspiration?
- And again, why am I doing it?
If you daily find the answers to 80% of these questions you probably don’t think about repetition as something boring, negative or just always looking alike.
Just as I do.
[the drawings in the banner are extracts from last year project, soon publish in a little booklet – stay tuned if you are interested in getting a copy :-)]