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CREATE EVERY DAY! Design a Daily Creative Practice that Works for YOU

Tzaddi Gordon, Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

CREATE EVERY DAY! Design a Daily Creative Practice that Works for YOU

Tzaddi Gordon, Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

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7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Your "Big Why"

    • 3. Your Personality & Lifestyle

    • 4. Plan for Challenging Days

    • 5. Clarify Your Commitment

    • 6. Track the Payoffs

    • 7. Wrap-up

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About This Class

Becoming great at a new creative skill often requires a lot of practice. But how do you fit it into your busy schedule? How do you show up and do the work through both the good days and the bad?

In this class you'll design a daily creative practice that works for YOU. Are you scared off by 100 day projects or even 30 day challenges? Don't worry, I was too.

The key for me was to design a practice that worked for my personality, life, and creative goals. I now have almost 1000 days in a row under my belt in my current streak!

My daily practice is transforming my life and growing my creative career. I'm excited to show you how to create a practice that works for you!

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Tzaddi Gordon

Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator


Hi! I'm Tzaddi Gordon, artist and designer at TzaddiMADE. I live and create on the west coast of Canada. 

I am committed to a daily practice of making and sharing some progress on Instagram. My making often involves drawing and digital collage on iPad Pro, pattern design, paper collage, or simply doodling on paper. Some of the things I draw become products such as leggings or accessories. Others are for my freelance projects in graphic design and illustration.

My first Skillshare class, Design A Daily Creative Practice That Works for YOU, has just published. I'm eager to share what I've learned through almost days of my daily practice!

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1. Intro: this is designed daily creative practice that works for you. Hi, I'm Saudi Gordon. Okay, so you know how there's those 30 day challenges and 100 day projects all over the web And maybe you see those and you roll your eyes and think I could never do that. Well, that was me until I created my own practice in a way that works for me. I was afraid of doing those, and I just didn't even try. I swore I couldn't do those because I'm often overwhelmed with creative projects for my clients. And I have a busy life, and I don't like routine, etcetera, etcetera. In short, I wasn't making time for my own creative projects, and I was miserable, and I was doubting myself. Something had to give. I decided to make a project based on Jerry Seinfeld's advice to young comedians, and that was to write every day, no matter what he said to make a big red X on the calendar. Each day that you practice, don't break the chain, he said. So I started my own Don't break the chain project. I didn't trust myself to make a huge commitment, so I didn't even set a number of days, but I just set the intention to draw every day and to share something of what I had done on social media, and that's it. So that sounds really simple, but the hard part is sticking to it in this class for freelancing, creatives and artists of any kind. I'll walk you through my simple process to develop your own creative practice that you'll be able to stick with day after day. By the end of the class, you'll have a clear structure for your daily practice, and you'll record your plan for making sure that you stick with it. I hope youll share your project in the class gallery so we can all learn from and support each other. But most of all, I hope you create a daily practice that works for you. Let's get started. 2. Your "Big Why": talk about what I call your big why, and this is your reason for doing anything that's challenging, although you can even apply it to something as simple is finishing a skill share class. If you know why you want to do the class, then you're more likely to follow through because you understand the benefits that you're hoping to achieve. So let's get started with Why do you want to have a daily practice? What's the big, overarching reason that you think a daily practice will help you break this down into two categories? The first is develop a skill. Maybe you want to learn to draw or to draw in a different way. Maybe it's painting are painting in a different way, any of visual arts, Ca NBI thought of. In that way, maybe you want to master a new software or designing in a new way. Maybe it's that you want to become a better writer or a dancer or a singer. This could be applied really to any creative skill, and the second category is to create a body of work. It could be one big work, like a novel or writing a play, or maybe it's a Siri's or a collection of short stories for me. In the beginning, I started my daily practice because I wanted to become better at digital drawing. I recently gotten an iPad pro and no idea how to use it. And I thought, Well, the best way for me to learn to use it is to just draw every day. So that's what I did. I drew every day, just a little bit some days more on other days, and I shared it on Instagram. As I practiced, my skills improved my body of work room, and I began to see new possibilities in my freelance work. I also gain more confidence as an artist, and all of these benefits have become part of my Y. Your wife might change over time, too, and that's OK. The first thing I'd like you to do is to take all your daily practice plan and fill out the area of your big Why. What is your overarching goal for starting a practice and next will go over how to make your daily practice happen 3. Your Personality & Lifestyle: I think one of the reasons people fail to keep up 100 day projects or 30 day projects or daily practices in general is that they haven't designed them in a way that suits their personality in their life. So so what we're gonna do now is think about some of the aspects of your personality and your life that might get in the way of you following through day after. I think the first most obvious thing is a hectic schedule. Everybody's busy. How I deal with that is to have small and simple daily milestones or daily commitments. Maybe it's just a practice five minutes a day, um, and also have a plan for super challenging days. You might have other things you need to do for your Actiq schedule. Like if you're a parent or caregiver, you might need to do the practice before everyone else wakes up. So that's just one example of an aspect of your life that might get in the way and how you could address it. Another is perfectionism or fear failure. It's really easy to say, Oh, I can't do it because the conditions aren't perfect or I'm afraid that I'm not gonna be any good at it anyway. And sometimes these come through is procrastination. I found that having a daily practice actually helps with that. It may be a lot less critical, and it's made me share work in progress and get positive feedback on that and also to build my skills. So the practice itself has helped with the perfectionism that I've battled all my life. Now, I want you to write down all the aspects of your life and your personality that are likely to get in the way of you showing up day after day, return to your daily practice plan. And in the my stumbling block section, you're gonna write down those aspects that you think are most likely to get in your way. And then for each stumbling block in the right column, I want you to write down ideas and how you overcome that. 4. Plan for Challenging Days: So you and I both know that every day is not equal. Life happens. Some days they're gonna be more challenging than others. Let's talk about that. What are you going to do on the challenging days when you just don't wanna your uninspired The kids are sick or you're traveling or any number of things that are going to get in the way of you showing up for your practice every day. If you let us on those challenging days, there's a few things that help. One is to make sure that showing up every day as a minimum commitment that's reachable. That could be that you're only going to show up for five minutes a day. Um, no. We all know once you get past that five minutes, chances are you're going to do more. But if you have only committed to doing five minutes or to writing five sentences or 100 words or whatever, that minimum chunk is for you and you more likely to have consistency and make progress on your goals. So in my case, my commitment was just that I had to draw every day, and that could be just a few minutes of doodling. I also have go to practices that have changed over time. But these are things that I can pull it when I'm really feeling uninspired or I'm just tired and I don't want to think too hard about what I'm gonna work on. And I know I'm only maybe going to achieve a few minutes. So I have some mandala drawing that I do. Um, I have some lettering practice. I have some basic types of doodling that I do that are really easy for me to pull out and just get done or just get the ball rolling. So I'm making some progress for a writer. It could be that you're going right for five minutes. 10 minutes. Whatever a minimum increment is for you could be that you're going to write 100 words or five sentences or something like that. Maybe it's not even writing on some days, but it's reading some of your favorite author or an author whose style that you would like to learn from. The trick is, you know, don't cop out every day, right? You wanna have go to practices to get you passed. That hurdle of just getting into your practice. Um, but you don't want Teoh only rely on the bare minimum because otherwise why are you doing this? So if you're not a writer or visual artist, maybe your singer and you can break into an aria, You know, no matter where you are, maybe you have a practice where you watch some videos of some singers that you really admire, indeed, not just washing to enjoy them, but to study their take me Or I had a singing instructor who had us do singing with no, uh, with no sound just to get the feel in our body of what it would be like to sing the songs. So maybe you're only moving your mouth to the lyrics of a song that you are practicing and imagining in your body how it feels to perform that song. Find the way that works for you tohave easy practice of just a few minutes a day that will move you forward and keep you showing up day after day after day. The other thing that helps me show up day after day is to have a go, OK, and for me, that's a small collection of drawing supplies that I could just pop in a bag and take with me on traveling days in case I don't want to take my iPad or a bigger subset of supplies with me. Maybe if you're not creating things on your really challenging days, but you're studying, you have some bookmarks for videos that you want to step, and you can just pull out your phone. When you have a few minutes and watch one of those videos, you'll need to figure out what ago kit looks like for you. So you don't have the excuse of. I wasn't in my regular environment. I didn't have access to my studio or whatever. Those kinds of excuses are that are gonna come up for you. Another thing it helps with really challenging days is, too, if you know what's gonna be a challenging days to make a plan at the beginning of the day of when you're gonna figure practicing. So if I know that I'm going note Teoh an event in the evening, then I'll try to fit that in earlier in my day. You don't lunchtime or something like that. And lastly, the thing that I find is helpful is to have a plan for how you'll be accountable and supported you're accountability. Could be making those big exes on the calendar every day. You could check in by email with a friend. You'd have a small private Facebook group where a few you check in every day of what you've done. In my case, it's I post to social media every day, no matter what. So I know that if I don't follow through and do my practice, someone might notice on. That helps me to show up every day. It also helps to have a bit of a cheering squad, right to have other creatives who are interested in developing their skills or in having a daily practice and to just check in on each other now and then and turn to them. If things were getting tough and just let them know I'm having a hard day, and why am I doing this again? Asked them to remind you, or even just typically letting them know you're having a hard day will get a response that helps you to keep showing up. So now take out your daily practice plan and Philo what you'll do for accountability and support, and break down some ideas for your go kit and for your go to practices 5. Clarify Your Commitment: Okay, Now that you've thought about your particular challenges and what you'll do to address them , you need to decide on a clear, simple commitment for your daily practice. Remember, the simpler the better. You're more likely to keep your flow of practicing every day. If you're able to meet your commitment in just a few minutes on the most challenging of days. So think about these questions. What will you commit to doing every day? How much time will you devote each day? You may also want to ask. Do I practice every day? Maybe you need a day of rest or on optional day in the week where if you don't feel like it that day, it's OK that you don't practice and you don't consider that a failure. Build in some rest or some rules around when it's OK to not practice so that you don't feel like a failure for not keeping it up all the time. Maybe you know that you're not going to do your practice on holidays. That's okay if that, you know, make the rules that work for you to keep showing up in the long run. So now return to your daily practice plan and fill out the section just below my big y for your practice commitment 6. Track the Payoffs: for the last section of your daily practice plan. I don't want you to fill that out right now, but I want you to do is to notice the benefits that start happening from your practice. So in my case, I learn new skills. I created new products out of the body of work I was generating. I landed really interesting new freelance projects that would never have come my way if I hadn't been doing the daily practice. I gave more confidence, and I also built a community which has been really lovely and supportive as you. Deep in your practice, I'm sure you'll notice benefits as well. So watch that and see what comes up. Make a note of it on your practice planned, and on those challenging days, you can remember why it is You want to show up in the first place 7. Wrap-up: the last step in this class is totally optional. But if you're game, I'd love to see you upload your daily practice plan into the class gallery. I think we can all learn from and support each other around some ideas for go kits and go to practices. And if nothing else, knowing that you're not alone in having challenges with your daily practice is really helpful. And if you're sharing your daily practice on social media, I'd love to see it. You can find me on both Instagram and on Facebook as Zadi made thanks for taking my Class C around.