“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer and pioneer of street photography.
Try a Drawing Meditation
Got two minutes? Pick up a pen and get comfortable. Don’t worry: no talent required.
In this short drawing meditation, all you have to do is look around you and then spend two minutes sketching something that caught your eye. This short and simple exercise can help unlock creativity, break negative thought patterns, and get you into a flow state.
Here are the full instructions plus a guided audio. Let us know how it works for you. ✍️
Make Progress Visible
There’s nothing like the sheer satisfaction of seeing your progress. As you tick off completed tasks or scratch off those habit-tracking circles, you’re creating a visual record of your achievements. And that keeps the fire burning. It reminds you how far you’ve come and pushes you to go further.
But it’s not all about the wins—life happens, and sometimes we stumble. That’s where reflection comes in. Your trusty planner or habit tracker allows you to see patterns and make adjustments. If something’s not working, you can tweak your approach and keep improving.
What do you use to make progress visible?
Laura See, Shoe Designer & Founder of Laura See London
Laura tells us she sticks rigidly to her weekday routine, which sets her up nicely for a full and productive day.
- First off, a quick stretch to help her loosen up. “This includes pilates-inspired moves to stretch my back, arms and legs.”
- Wakes herself up properly with a cold water face wash and shower.
- Heads outside for a walk around the park with her puppy. “This gives me time to think about the day ahead as well as appreciate some early morning nature.”
- Has breakfast. “Usually, an oak milk latte and a bowl of overnight oats with fruit.”
Why it works:
- Stretching keeps our muscles flexible, strong, and healthy.
- Research shows that cold water on skin reduces sleep inertia.
- Puppies and parks… need we say more? Morning movement is great for health and so is being in contact with nature.
- A healthy breakfast can boost brain power and energy.
We often think of stretching as a post-workout activity, but ideally we should all do it daily. Even a 5-minute routine makes a big difference! Do you stretch regularly?