What do you do with an idea? (Love this children's book by Kobi Yamada.)
I read an article recently about how we would benefit from starting our day not just with a "to do" list but with a "to test" list as well. Experimenting is a free and open space. It's one of the best characteristics of play. My kids experiment all the time (even when we prefer that brown sugar not be used to make a stress ball out of your soccer sock on a Thursday morning before school prior to holiday break...he did AND we learned that by the end of the school day brown sugar hardens in a red soccer sock left on the counter, not the best material for malleability).
I've been experimenting with this online shop concept. Like many who engage in an experiment I started with an idea, an unknown outcome, and a few ingredients. Along the way I have deleted, added, revised, redesigned, made mistakes, done nothing, looked at blank screens, thought about different ideas and tasks, read articles, watched YouTube videos, tried different strategies, asked questions, and replied to questions with "I don't know" and "I'm not sure yet". Sounds a lot like learning to me.
Experimenting is our learning zone. We learn when we are free, free to play around. My goal in 2018 is to experiment more so that I can learn more.