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April 9, 2022

Book notes on Steal like an artist (part 9/12)

Chapter 9: Be boring

  • Being boring is the only way to get work done.
  • Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work
  • Take care of your well-being
    • It takes a lot of energy to be creative. Conserve your energy for it
    • I used to neglect my health in the form of staying up until 3am every night. Now, I keep a healthy sleep schedule. Still tired all the time tho.
  • Stay out of debt
    • Make a budget
    • Say no to consumption culture
    • Save as much as you can
  • Keep your day job until you can do art full-time
    • Provides financial security
    • Puts you in the path of other human beings
    • Learning new skills that can be used for art, such as research, selling, and web design
    • I don’t want to do art as a full-time career. After lots of soul searching I have decided I’m happier keeping my art as a hobby. I enjoy the freedom of doing art on my own terms, instead of toiling for somebody else’s dream.
  • Establishing a routine is more important than having a lot of free time
    • How much time can I set aside for art?
    • Get a calendar and plan work with concrete goals
    • Get a streak going
    • I need to get back into making to-do lists. I should also make better use of the calendar and impose deadlines on myself to improve discipline
    • I am currently thinking about how I can allot more time for art in my schedule. It’s been almost completely pushed out of my life without me realizing. It’s no wonder I’ve been in a rut. 
  • Keep a log book
    • List what you do every day. Small details remember you remember the big details
    • I keep multiple notebooks for writing and record-keeping.  I have been able to stay committed to this habit for multiple years and I am proud of that. It has come in handy many times.
  • What’s the best thing that happened today?
    • Encourages a more positive perspective
    • Better than the automatic negative bias
    • How did I challenge myself today?
  • Marry well; a good partner will keep you grounded.
    • Not limited to just romantic partners. It can be family, friends, or roommates. The right person, regardless of their role in your life, will hold you accountable.

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