The fable that I’m working on now is The Tortoise and the Hare. A very good fable with an important lesson behind. The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race.
I can say that the “slower” I work, the more I get to accomplish. Slow to me means savoring what you’re doing, enjoying each step along the way and being focused on the right things. If you put pressure on yourself in order to work fast, in a rush, then your hands will disconnect from your brain and they will end up in two different places. If that happens you will find yourself feeling miserable, like walking in a dark room, trying to figure out how to get out of it. That feeling is not good at all. I have been there before. But experience taught me how to stay away from it.
Here I will explain how I help my brain and hands work slowly and steady:
Let’s take one of my intricate papercuts as an example. If you look at it as a whole it will seem too complicated to make.
But if you zoom it in and focus on a small single area then you will see a simpler thing.
That’s basically what I do whenever I work on a project. I first make a realistic general plan based on how much time I have available. Then I break down the big plan into small little daily tasks. Next I just take care of each task separately, without getting annoyed by looking at the whole huge picture.
Each day I do the little tasks that I planned as if each one was the only thing that I had to do in my whole life. It feels really nice and light and simple, no pressure, because it’s a small thing after all. When I’m done with one task then I jump into the next one. Many small tasks feel smaller than a BIG one. If I cannot take a long break between tasks then I take a short one. A short break means sometimes walking to the kitchen, drinking some water and then coming back, or tickling Natalie and Diego to make them laugh. That little break is like the dot at the end of this sentence. It helps you shape time in a way that feels relaxing. By the time my day is finished I have accomplished a lot. Sometimes more than I planned and I still had space for doing something fun with the kids.
I hope that this little advice gives you some ideas for dealing with your next project. Now as you read this I will be attending our annual Walk for Autism. It is always such a special event! I know that seeing so many special children together will bring lots of inspiration into the making of this book that I am sharing with you.
Tomorrow Sunday is my full-day break. I will be having lots of Easter fun with my family. See you here on Monday and Happy Easter!