Muscle Memory

For the first couple weeks after a new year, I often catch myself writing the previous year down whenever I write a date. A similar thing happens when I change a computer password, and I have to make a deliberate effort when I type. After a while, though, the adjustments I have made become muscle memory, and I don’t even think about what I’m doing. In fact, it’s happened more than once that I couldn’t figure out what my password actually was without forcing my fingers to type out the letters.

When it comes to a lot of the tools I’ve been exposed to through improv classes and workshops, I often feel like it’s either early January, or I recently changed my password.

The time at which muscle memory kicks in is out of one’s control, so perhaps the best thing to do is to stop worrying about one’s lack of fluency and just recognize that things will just get easier over time without it being clear why. Since the key to muscle memory is repetition, avenues like practices, jams, and classes are simple ways to accelerate the process.

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