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Published on: 18 Dec 2011 by little_miss_sunshine
Haven't posted for a reeaaallly long time but inspiration struck me and I thought I'd share it with you lot.
Design Your Self
Sometimes I think that in the art and design world all we seem to think about is making interesting objects and expressing ourselves. However whilst that is important, it is also important to look after ourselves. In a way it is just like another design project, just on a greater scale and something your going to have to get right.
I don't mean changing your image, that is far too easy to chop and change, what I'm talking about is changing your mind set on life, the way you view the world.
Recently I have been doing a lot of photography and reading about architecture and the other day I realised that I am already looking at the world in a different way. When I see an interesting building my sub-conscious seems to note it down, or when I see a fascinating angle I think of what a good photo it would make. I would say that although I am quite naturally creative, this is a learnt habit. It has stemmed from reading books and attempting to look at the world differently.
Did you know that if you do something once a day for fifteen days it will become a habit and you will do it without realising. We can train our brains. We can train them to be more efficient, more creative, more logical, more whatever. We can become tidier people, we can become more active people, we can become kinder people. All you need is 15 days and time to practice.
Say you dream of being one of those people who always finds time to read a book, or listen to music. Well when you come home from work, on the train, or on the bus, read a book or listen to music. Once/Twice a day. Fifteen times. DONE.
Say you want to see the world in a way where everything is art. I did it without meaning to, but train yourself. Spot a nice building, statue, shop window, garden, painting and note it in your brain. Do that on the train whilst listening to music if you like. Once/Twice a day. Fifteen times. DONE.
Say you want to fit a bit of exercise into your life. Go to the gym every Saturday at 10am. Once a week. Fifteen times. DONE.
What I'm saying is that the cliche "Nothing is impossible" might not sound as naive as you may have initially thought. Of course it would be harder if you did everything above at the same time, but if you took one and did it, you would find that although it would be hard to start with, after 15 tries it would be the norm for you.
Equally if you want to get out of a bad habit, conciously don't do it 15 times. By the time you reach the fifteenth, you won't be fighting to do it. My prime example: Facebook. Instinctively my brain tells me that if I go on the internet, I go on Facebook. You do it because without realising you've done it 15 times, you've taught yourself to do it. So undo it. Don't go on facebook for 15 times. However I will warn that it is a lot harder to undo something because even if you just do it once a couple of weeks later you will find that you switch back to your bad habit very easily.
So, instead of writing a New Year's Resolution's list and secretly knowing that your not going to do any of the things on there until November the following year, do it now. One by one. Step by step. We have been trained by our culture of electronics to think that most things happen instantly, and if they don't then they're stupid and boring. Everything worth your while takes hard work, and no matter what you do in life your going to have to put some effort in.
To summerise, by putting the minimum effort in, you can train your brain to subconciously make your bed when you get up, or put the rubbish out when you get home, or read on the train, or go for a run at the weekend, or cook at exactly 7 o'clock. Just do it properly 15 times in a row, and it will become second nature to you.
And that is how you will do your resolutions effortlessly by the time you get to March.
Little and often,
Once a day, every day,
Once a week, every week,
Everything is possible. Try it, and see.