How to Start a Daily Practice of Making

When working with creative code and DIY electronics, it’s common to go through waves of inspiration. You might have the idea for a project and are actively collecting parts to make it happen. And then suddenly months go by and you haven’t done anything. I think it’s important to establish a daily practice of working on your projects to help prevent wasting half a year or more of inactivity. Here are a few ideas to get you started on starting a daily practice.

Remember why you’re doing this

You have to remember what inspired you to get involved in making these projects in the first place. You must have some sort of curiosity inside you that’s looking to explore areas like new technology and ways of building objects. As you get more involved and come across various setbacks, it’s important to return to the origins of your interest.

Start a vision board

A vision board plays up to the idea mentioned above. It’s an arrangement of pictures that can help remind you of what you’re looking to achieve in your creative practice. A common place to store a vision board these days is on a site like Pinterest, but you can also make them in a web app like Canva which helps create graphics on a grid.

Work for Ten Minutes

Set a timer for ten minutes and open up your projects. If you want to just stare at your projects for ten minutes that’s fine, but it’s likely that you’re going to start to do something. The timer on your phone will do just fine for this task.

Get an Accountability Buddy

If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone know it fell? If you’re working on projects like the lone wolf tenor, who’s going to care if you stop working on your projects? It’s important to tell people what you’re up to so that they hold you accountable, but better yet if you work with someone also doing this kind of thing you can keep in touch every week to see how it’s going.

Start a journal

Write down how you did today, and even if you didn’t do much, you are creating a process where you review your progress. Be careful to keep your daily review positive and don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes a few days to get back on track. Otherwise the journal would be defeating the purpose of helping the situation.

Keep inspired

Make sure you’re always on the lookout for cool projects that are bubbling up. Make Magazine is a great resource for staying inspired, as are sites like Instructables and Hackster.

Ultimately starting a daily practice is your responsibility, and you have to make the choice if you want to spend the time to improve your skills and start to get your projects up to the level where you are comfortable showing them to others.