You need to take more pictures of your work. One of the things that I run into a lot with new woodworkers is that they take very few or no pictures of their projects. This is not good for a few reasons.
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The biggest is that you will not have any way to accurately refer back to your projects other than memory. Also, you naturally pause to take pictures. This slows you down a little, and can help you reduce the desire to rush through the process.
Taking Pictures of Your Work
It’s difficult for me to remember what I had for breakfast this morning let alone remember what some project I made a year ago looked like. I just don’t have the ability to retain things like that for a long time.
I don’t remember where I heard this (you see what I did there), but your brain is a factory, not a warehouse. You should be using the power of your mind for creativity, not storage. Taking pictures helps you “remember” things without having to tie up valuable brain cells in the process.
The more you get on camera, or written down, the better off you are, and the more your brain can be used for creativity. Again, the less you store, the more you can build. Use that brain of yours for something powerful, and use the computer for storing data about your projects. Take more pictures.
Slowing Down and Looking
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Most of the time, beginners rush things. They move through the processes as quickly as possible because a part of them thinks that they will fail. They rush through to the end because they think the faster they go, the faster they will find out if they are successful or not.
Moving through a project quickly actually causes more failures than anything. Going too quickly in the beginning can make your project look worse, and look rushed. Yes, an experienced woodworker can easily tell when something was rushed. Take more pictures, and you will naturally create stopping points that slow down the work.
Every time you take more pictures, you have to pause. You have to stop the woodworking process, and start something else. Taking all of these pictures forces you to stop once in a while and do something different.
When you do something in between another project, you inadvertently give yourself a little refresh time. You end up thinking about something else, and you return to your main project in much better shape than then when you left. This refresh time from taking pictures creates natural breaks.
Those breaks reduce your stress level, and make you a better woodworker on accident.
You should take more pictures. Not only will it help catalog your projects, but it will also give you the needed refresh time in between processes. This will help you become a less stressed woodworker, and thus a better woodworker.
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