|I'd like to do this 5% faster. (Photo|
I dug out of my archives, so I'm not
sure about the source.)
Patrick Armitage, the article writer, says "This was advice I got from my uncle, a successful painter. He said that because there’s so much mediocrity in the art world, those doing five percent more reap the cumulative effect of being a little better."
One of the reasons that I spent time reading these articles at all is to contribute to my own professional development, so naturally I'm thinking about what 5% more looks like in my job, but also in the rest of my life. As a writer, as a runner, as a sometime crafter-- what does 5% more mean?
- Do I stay longer in the office to finish the project I'm working on?
- Can I meet deadlines a bit earlier?
- My usual goal is to write 2000 words per day-- can I write 2100?
- Can I stop what I'm doing a few minutes earlier in the evening so I get to bed on time?
- Even if my crafts are just for my enjoyment, can I think of ways to make them just a little better?
- How hard would it be to add a few faster spurts in my running?
- In between books I read for fun, can I read research-based ones about technical writing or nonprofit issues to expand my own knowledge base?
Maybe blogging about it can be today's 5%. Maybe tomorrow I'll think of another one.
What do you do to get better at being you?