1. I'm an avid bird lister, but I'm keen to slow my pace down and take more in from the point of view of form and behaviour of birds but also other flora and fauna around them. I have always enjoyed sitting and just being 'in' nature and have dabbled a little in art in the past but always convince myself I'm too time poor. But there are plenty of things I can drop off to make the time for some journaling so I'm keen to give it a go. I've also found the books 'Looking at Birds: An antidote to field guides' by John Busby, and Edward Wilsons 'Birds of the Antarctic' enjoyable in the way they capture the essence of birds behaviour often in partial of loosely formed sketches.
2. I like the idea of having a daily or monthly routine. I think as a beginner it would be good to build some discipline. Generally though I liked the relaxedness of the approach. Try something and see if it works. Keep it (and iterate / improve if it does) but don't be put off and just try something different it it doesn't.
Finally sat down to get started and tried to focus on shape and key features rather than stressing too much about precision. Quite pleased with how this turned out after maybe 30 minutes work given I have no art background and haven't sketched anything since high school about 30 years ago!