This month was the first month of becoming a student in more than 10 years. I’d always had this perception that school was easy and life was the challenge. So I was rudely awaken this month that being a student is no walk in the park. My new lecturers used phases like “looking at the world in a different way” and that we’ll be assessed on how “we communicate what we think”.
So here I was assuming that I knew how to think and what makes good design. After the first week it felt like my brain had swollen and suddenly “thinking” was very exhausting. It was after this first month of studying that had I realised, even though my job was “creative” it wasn’t challenging. There for I was a brick layer. I had been doing the same habit and routine for so long that I had become institutionalised in my role.
Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from moving forward. Bad habits sometimes go under the radar. Even good habits become bad habits. Little things like having the same thing for breakfast everyday, driving the same way to work or even parking in the same space. Yes! these all contribute to you becoming a drone to routine! These simple little things that make your habits a routine and soon it all becomes predictable and boring. Then the moment comes when you need to make a choice to go the routine way or the new way and because you feel comfort in predictability, fear for change stops you from moving forward.
I’ve always been someone who would try something new, weather it be culturally, gastronomically or even on a theoretical note. The one thing I can now attest to is that when you stop learning you stop asking questions, you become bored and you form those routine and bad habits. Then you’re a sheep that follows the herd.
- Travel a different route, even if its only a block in difference.
- Sit in a different spot at lunch, or with different co-workers etc.
- Read a book, magazine, flyer.. anything.
- Tear sheets from your perfect magazines and put them in a journal instead of having them perfectly stacked and pristine.
- Learn about fine art even its only one artist. It might look boring at times but and might not interest you but at some point some one noticed something significant about the impact on society it has, maybe you should find out why.
I’ve managed to do all of the above mentioned in a month and already feel more meaning everyday. You can make changes in the smallest way to make a great difference. Go ahead and try these things and perhaps you’ll start seeing the world in a different light.
After years of creative dormancy here’s a sneak peak at a couple of the items I’ve created: