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How To Draw An Owl – Understanding The Process of Progress

Key Takeaway:

  1. Learning a new skill can be extremely difficult, but not impossible, and very rewarding.
  2. When trying to learn from someone else, important steps can be missed and glossed over
  3. This can also be applied to developing a new mental mind state. It’s not as easy as changing your whole life overnight.
  4. It takes time, effort, and patience to change the way you think about your life.
How To Draw An Owl

Where To Begin To Understanding How To Change Your Life

It can be extremely daunting and anxiety-inducing when we’re tasked with learning something new, especially if it seems complicated or difficult. Whether we’re starting a new job, taking on a new hobby, or just trying to figure out how to use a new piece of technology, the feeling of not knowing can be overwhelming. But it’s important to remember that we all have to start somewhere. Often, the best way to learn something new is to take things one step at a time.

By breaking down a task into smaller, more manageable pieces, we can reduce stress and anxiety and increase our chances of success. Of course, this isn’t always easy to do. Our natural inclination is often to try to take on too much at once, which can lead to frustration and disappointment. But if we can learn to take things one step at a time, we can find the success and satisfaction we’re looking for.

Many Small Actions Accumulate Into 1 Large Accomplishment

As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ The same is true for reducing anxiety and increasing productivity. It takes time and effort to make lasting changes. However, it is possible to take small steps that will help you feel more accomplished and less anxious.

One way to do this is to use a bullet journal. This can be extremely helpful in planning out your day-to-day tasks. By taking the time to sit down and write out what you need to do, you can prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. (Check out our article HERE about habit trackers). You can also use your bullet journal to track your progress and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may be.

Another way to take small steps towards reducing anxiety and increasing productivity is by setting aside some time each day for yourself. This can be used for anything that brings you joy, such as reading, taking a walk, or listening to music. Taking some time each day to relax and recharge will help you feel more capable of tackling whatever comes your way. I call it finding Zen and you can check out our series on how to do just that.

Remember, it’s important to be patient with yourself as you work on reducing anxiety and increasing productivity. Taking small steps will get you closer to your goals, but it takes time and effort to make lasting changes. Be gentle with yourself and celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how big or small.

How To Draw An Owl

I love the opening picture of this article because it speaks so much about how we tend to look at life. Step one is very basic and attainable, but step two is all other steps combined into one. This is why feeling overwhelmed can occur so easily. Also, this is how we give and receive advice.

Step 1: Wake up in the morning 

Step 2: Become a superhero

We tend to forget about all the little things along the way, like learning small skills, and the trial and error which comes along with it. This then leads to expectation setting.

The internet has been a huge shift in mankind because it makes information open to the world, but it tends to gloss over a lot on the way to explaining how to do something in 5 easy steps. Ever watch a youtube video about how to do something, and they skip over a bunch of information to keep the video to 10 minutes long, or speed it up. Unfortunately that is the key part. A lot of times even to get to the step of being able to do, sometimes it requires a great amount of learning when it comes to a new skill. This is where we tend to get overwhelmed.

We should instead, understand the process, break down the steps but more importantly the skills needed to accomplish the steps and go from there. I love to use my bullet journal to accomplish this. It is a very soothing way for me to hash out all my thoughts and what is really needed to accomplish something.

This may make the task look even more daunting, but what it really does is bring the truth to forefront and in return help me create realistic goals and schedule them out as I see fit. It gives me time to breathe. Also since I can see a more realistic vision of my plan, due to my habit tracker, I can see that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and look forward to learning and executing all the little steps to making my goal a reality.

The 2% Rule

The 2% Rule is simple yet effective. You find tasks that will help you feel 2% better about yourself or more accomplished. The benefits of The 2% Rule is that it helps start a chain reaction of small tasks that help you feel more accomplished and in control of your life. The 2% Rule is a great way to increase productivity and motivation because it allows you to focus on small tasks that you can complete instead of overwhelming yourself with large goals that seem impossible to achieve. The 2% Rule is also a great way to break out of bad habits because it gives you the power to choose how you want to spend your time and energy. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or bogged down by a goal, remember The 2% Rule and focus on taking small steps that will help you move closer to your goal.

 

Bullet Journaling And The 2% Rule

The 2% rule is all about small, incremental changes that add up over time to create big results. And one of the best ways to track your progress and ensure you’re making those small changes is by bullet journaling. Start with a page in your journal devoted to your 2% list. This is a list of small daily tasks that contribute to your overall goal. Then, each morning, complete those tasks as part of your daily ritual. The key is to focus on making AT LEAST 2% progress each day. That might mean walking 2% longer on the treadmill or trying a new healthy recipe that’s just 2% healthier than what you normally eat. The point is to keep moving forward, even if it’s just a tiny bit. Remember, small changes add up over time to create big results!

Bullet Journaling to a calmer you

Bullet Journaling To A Calmer You

Bullet journaling has done wonders for my mental state. When I bullet journal, I like to start with a “mindset” or “mood” spread. (If you aren’t sure exactly what a bullet spread is or even how to make one, check out our article on the topic.) On this page, I list out everything that’s been on my mind recently, good and bad. Once it’s all down on paper (or in my case, in my bujo), I can start to get a handle on it all. After that, I like to do a “mental health tracker”. This is a spread where I track my mental health day by day, week by week. I rate my mood on a scale of 1-10 and add any accompanying thoughts or emotions. This helps me to see patterns in my mental health and be more mindful of how my actions (or lack thereof) are affecting my mood. (Check out my article on how I use mood trackers and what may work for you)

Finally, I like to do a weekly or daily habit tracker. This is a spread where I track things like how often I’ve meditated, how many hours of sleep I got, what kind of self-care I did that day, etc. This helps me to make sure I’m doing things that support my mental health on a daily basis. Bullet journaling has helped me to become more mindful of my mental health and take better care of myself overall. You can find my must have bullet journal spreads HERE.

Conclusion – Drawing An Owl

In conclusion, it’s important to remember that change takes time, patience and understanding. You must start small to achieve big. Taking on too much at one time is the best way to overwhelm yourself. When it comes to improving mental health, wellness and peace of mind, it’s so easy to act like it’s simple, but changing your life is a deeply complicated process and deserves the same respect that you would give to someone building a house, or painting a work of art. You start with a foundation, the basics. If you don’t change the simple small things that make your life complicated, you have no momentum to change the bigger things. Once you have your foundation, use your bullet journal to take stock of all the things that make your life harder. Divide those challenges into individual steps.

It’s so easy to say step one draw a circle, step two draw an owl, but nothing is ever that simple. Step one is learning what sized circles to draw. Step two is learning the basic shapes. Step three, figuring out how to place the eyes, the mouth. Also, making sure you have the correct pen or pencil.

Ask yourself, do you understand how to use the tools to complete the task? If not, make note of it and include that in your plan. You would continue to use that mindset and break down the steps until you’ve learned to draw an owl. Also, while you go along this journey you may come across obstacles or things you were not aware of. That is fine, you readied yourself for that.

Take this same mindset while you try to change negative habits and thought patterns. Give yourself a break at times. If you admit something is wrong and you make an effort to learn and correct it, you are already on the correct path. If you have any questions please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Also, if you want to share tips with the community about what you found to be helpful for you, or your story of understanding how to “Draw An Owl”, please share it below.

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