The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy offers a collection of ideas and activities that encourage you to use your life as a canvas and explore your creativity through everything you do-to create and make, to explore and experiment, to play and build, to paint and cook-to do. Go ahead. Roll up your sleeves and get to it. It’s time to do the things that make you happiest.
10 Laws of doing:
1. Everything starts with nothing.
Sometimes it takes a few steps for you to begin to see your creation. Keep going.
2. It is never too late to start doing.
Age can be an excuse regardless of how old you are. Don’t let it stand in your way–ever.
3. Choose doing and learn from doing
If you have a choice between doing nothing and doing something, do something.
Nobody starts out an expert, and often the biggest lessons are learned from failure. If what you’ve done doesn’t come out how you hoped, learn from that. Don’t look at it as a waste of time. You learned from the act of doing. Carry your lessons forward to your next project.
4. Set a vision, but be open to the exploration
Many of your best experiences will come from exploration. You may end up with an unexpected and exhilarating outcome. Approach each project with a sense of wonder.
5. Getting started is the first step
If you have a vision but don’t know exactly how to get it done, take the first step. The first step may be finding someone who can help. Future steps will become clear through your initial exploration. If your project doesn’t have a mandatory outcome, set a vision for what you’d like to accomplish so you have a place to start and an idea of where you’re heading. But be open to the discovery.
6. The things worth doing aren’t easy and take time
The things worth doing often come with some fear and frustration. Don’t be scared away. It is the challenging parts that can make the end result sweeter.
Technology has turned us into an instant gratification culture. Sometimes things take longer than you expect. Unless there is some pending deadline, there is no need to rush a project just to get to the end.
7. Taking a break can make your project better
Sometimes you need to step away from a project to be able to see it with new eyes and a fresh perspective.
8. Do for you
Taking time to do something for yourself is not selfish. It makes you and everything around you better.
9. Let your creativity bring out the creativity in someone else
Don’t allow someone to say they’re not creative. Creativity exists within each of us. Use your creativity to help inspire creativity in others around you. Pay it forward.
10. Finish your projects
Always commit yourself to fnishing your project from the outset. A genuine commitment creates a genuine result.