30 Days of Drawing: Big Rocks, Small Rocks

Hey all! Long time no see. It’s been awhile since the last update. 14 days, or 2 of your earth weeks to be precise. So, straight to the point – “How’s it been going?”

Very well, very well indeed. Drawing abilities are coming along nicely, giving me the confidence to tackle trickier arts-related stuff. And since I’ve always sucked at art, that’s a damn cool feeling.  I’ve been swithering whether to draw landscapes, or limit the 30-day challenge to only animals. But as animals are awesome, inspiring and relatively quick to draw, it’s animals – 1, landscape – 0. That’s the good news.

The keen-eyed among you may notice that for 14 days suspense-filled days, there’s only 10 sketches. What’s up with that? Well, it’s 4 days of glorious, fall-off-the-wagon failure. BUT. It’s been the best thing about this challenge so far. Because it forces you to ask yourself, “well, WHY didn’t you draw?” “Why have you failed?” And for me, the answer’s simple. Priorities.

At this point, I’d love to share a gem of an idea I’ve encountered from the Art of Manliness blog. (Brett Mckay – kudos!) The video (see link below) makes the analogy of your day being a container. Like a bucket. Or a SunnyD carton if that floats your boat. And to fill your day, you’ve got:

Water – all the mindless drivel. Farmville, candy crush, celeb gossip. It doesn’t add anything meaningful to your life.

Sand – a tad more meaningful, but still amounts to not much. Like washing the dishes, shopping, putting the kettle on….

Small gravel – here we go. Upping the ante a bit. This could be answering work emails, tidying your room or taking your dog for a walk. You need to do it, but it’s not directly linked to your goals.

Big Rocks –  The most important tasks. Your priorities. Like exercising, writing articles, reading a novel, furthering your business, or in my case, drawing. Of course, big rocks are totally up to you. Maybe tidying your room is a big rock.

The idea: If you fill your day with all the small, meaningless stuff first, like Farmville and shopping, then you won’t physically be able to fit the big rocks into the bucket. Read: you won’t be able to achieve your most important goals. It’s not an efficient way to plan your day.

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On the other hand, if you START with the big rocks, then you can fit all the little stuff around them. More stuff. Same bucket. Awesome!

Takeaway: Plan your big rocks first. Treat them like doctor’s appointments. You’ve got to get them done. Then shuffle the rest of the day around them.

For drawing, I realised I hadn’t made this a big rock. My approach was “Meh, I’ll do it sometime after work”. Ahhh, how naive. Now? Every night, 9:30 – 10:30, drawing. Sorted. This tactic has been insanely effective short-term, and I’m definitely going to take daily, weekly, and monthly planning to the next level. (Currently experimenting with Evernote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce2_gWZHBIs ) But that’s for another blog post, and another 30-day habit.

For now, ask yourself, “what are the big rocks in my life?”

Without further ado, here’s the goods.

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