Friday at Four #5 – Finding a way to get started

This is our fifth Friday at Four – which means that this little experiment has been going for a whole month already! And it’s just the beginning… But for now, here’s what happened during the latest play session:

What I did last week

I had no project going and no plan for a new one, so I simply ended up playing around on a few different doodles.

What I’ve learned from that play session

The beginning of last week’s session was marked by a certain degree of uncertainty: it can be hard to get started when there are no guidelines or constraints sending us in a specific direction. It was a good reminder that facing too many possibilities is sometimes just as challenging as dealing with not enough of them. I overcame my indecision by picking a crayon, putting it down on paper, and drawing a line. I had no idea where that line was going, but it was a start, and the rest flowed from there.

Also, I’m noting that I was multitasking during my play time, watching over a pot of beans that was cooking on the stove nearby. It may not be ideal in all circumstances, but in that instance, this light distraction didn’t feel disturbing. Conclusion: multitasking in that context is not necessarily a bad idea, but I don’t want to assume that it’d always be a good thing to do either. So I want to remember that it’ll always be worth it to assess the specific situation before deciding if I want to go ahead with multitasking while I play.

My plan for this week

I still have no new specific project in mind, so I might end up doodling again – unless my pencil takes me somewhere else when it lands on the paper…

What about you?

Do you ever find it hard to get started with the practice of your choice? And what are the ways you’ve found to make it easier? If you need help finding new ideas, let us know: we’ll brainstorm with you!

Please share how it went last time and what you plan on trying next, if and when you feel like it. You can do it in a few words, through a picture, or any other way you can think of! You can do it here in the comments or as a post on your own blog, on Twitter (let’s use the hashtag #fridayatfour), or elsewhere – make sure to let us know in the comments so that we can find your contribution and cheer you on!

Thanks for joining me, and happy playing!

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