The sketch and doodlewash above were each created in two minutes for a total of four minutes. It’s a closeup view of Webster House (which I previously sketched in full here), so not something new for our tour, but something new that I just had to try as I practice my loose sketching. I didn’t have much time today and was at first worried that I would miss my daily doodlewash for the first time ever.
I was brushing my teeth this morning, which hopefully doesn’t come as a shock to anyone, and suddenly became aware of something. Philippe had bought me an electric toothbrush because the dentist told us it was better and he’s better at listening to authority figures than I am (that’s not what I suddenly became aware of… just some background first).
It came with a little digital timer that you set for 2 minutes, and every 30 seconds it notifies you to switch to a different quadrant of your mouth. I wanted a brightly colored brush that played a song for two minutes, but Philippe said no. Not because they were meant for children, but because he knew I would only get bored with the song and stop using it properly.
Anyway, I noticed that during the brushing and waiting for the two minutes to end (so the little smiley face icon would appear which actually is kind of cool! Thanks Philippe!), I still got bored. It felt like an eternity. Like a 30-minute commercial or an extended trailer where you feel liked you’ve just watched the whole movie, so why bother going now?
Two minutes of doing something I’m not particularly found of felt endless, yet I often feel like I don’t have any time to sketch, which is something I absolutely love! So I wondered what would happen if I started my little dental timer and tried a sketch. After all, everyone has 2 minutes in the day to spare, and I just experienced an excruciatingly long 2 minutes making myself presentable. So I pocketed the timer and headed off to work to give it a go on my lunch break.
So was 2 minutes enough time? Not quite (for me anyway). I didn’t have enough time to create a doodlewash, although I did manage to complete a sketch while looking out my office window and attempt a couple hurried brush strokes. But it was more than enough time to get me started. Once you start something, you always find more time than you thought you had. So this becomes more of a 2-minute trick to make you DO what you think you don’t have time to do. So it works!
After the 2-minute sketch I set the timer again to attempt a 2-minute doodlewash, and realized that it was possible. Maybe not my best work, but I was able to make something in under 5 minutes! Don’t get me wrong… the pressure was intense and each time the timer went off I not only jumped, but I am quite sure I peed a little. But I proved to myself that no matter what’s happening in the day, there’s always time to make a doodlewash!
I’d recommend trying this little Doodlewash Dash any time you want to discover those “extra minutes” in your day. They are always there… and those 2 minutes will magically give you two more… and two more after that! Always just two minutes away from your next doodlewash and a smiley face (and a really scary alarm… I also recommend you pee first).
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