What if I said in 100 days you could create major change in your life? Here’s how to pull it off with minimal strife in an hour or less. We address your #100DaysOf project one step at a time.
Firstly, why do we want to go through a 100-Day Challenge?
Let's recap Part I & II:
Pt I: WHY 100 DAYS MATTERS
- It Dictates Success in Creating Habit
- It Helps You Get Better Faster
- It Helps You Find Your People
- It Makes You an Inspiration Machine
- Push through when you lose steam
- Distraction-proof your creation space
- “Done is better than perfect”
- Hearts are NOT your fuel
- Get Inspired by your heroes
I neglected to include a REALLY IMPORTANT point that had a huge impact after the fact. Doing a 100-day challenge gave me creative confidence. Yes, there were some days where the work was so shoddy it made me wince, and yes, I missed a day, but I FELT AMAZING when I was done on Day 101. I seriously felt like I had birthed a kid. I haven’t had a child, but if I did, I'd liken it to heaving and sweating, involving a lot of cussing, paper cuts, eraser marks, and hashtags.
I surveyed 140 people in February about their habits, projects, and how they feel about success. Of all the reasons to invest in a creative pursuit, the majority answered the act of FINISHING their project felt the best—this over money, over praise—this made me raise my eyebrows but it made sense to me too. My 100-Day-Challenge was less about being clever and having an interesting story to tell in an ad agency interview. It was more about giving me the confidence to pursue something aggressively and passionately and see it through. I seriously felt like I could DO ANYTHING—no more folding my fears away on a shelf. I shook them out and was like "what’s next, self?"
Step-By-Step, Day by (100) Days...
Come along on this ride, you can do this too. Here’s your guide before you start making art.
1. Do What You’re Already Doing.
You already have SOMETHING you’re working on, albeit slower than you’d like. Use this as an excuse to strike forward towards project completion. Maybe you have snippets of a story in different spots. Napkins—photos of journal entries, and bits and pieces in your Google docs. Start stockpiling and use Evernote or Notes—pull it digitally together, all in one place. Use this time to organize and strategize, as you’ll use these notes as your idea loot.
2. Research your hashtag. Try and find something that no one else has.
Jot down a couple possible hashtags for your project. Like #100daysofmoodybluebook. Then take a look on Google and see what comes up. If you find more than a couple of posts that are within the last few years, try and find something else that can be all yours. Ideally, you’ll like something that is yours alone so you can track your process easier and helps others find you. It also keeps a permanent public archive for your project to live.
3. Make a Date
You gonna be out of town? Don’t want to be trying to post on the beach or in the country with the internet down. Recommended: a scheduler like Hootsuite or Buffer for posting and plan around out-of-the-country or travel times.
4. Post your process on Instagram, or whatever social feed you use
Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, your own personal blog—recommended in that order. Oh, you’re not a ‘social media person’? Very few are. But this is actually what social networks were designed to do—connect people and show what cool shit they are up to. Selfies and FOMO aside, social media will be integral to this 100-day-ride. The point is not rack up followers and hearts though you may do so once you start. We do this because there is a psychic phenomenon that happens when you socially shout your plans to the world. It gets a lot harder to drop out.
5. Schedule time in the AM* — *I AM serious about this one.
Try and restructure your day, and knock it out first thing—before ALLTHETHINGS start knocking, poking, chiming, waving, and Google cal inviting you. The days will fly by much faster and there will be more than a few times that leaves you scrambling to get in your minutes in. Making your move in the morning prevents the panic to get your work in before a dinner date, a work project, or a last minute ticket to a play. Don’t give guilt a chance to faze you. When you keep the promises you make to yourself, it pays dividends. You trust yourself and confidently transcend beyond what you might have thought was an end or a road block to a higher self.
6. Use These App’s to Make Posting Happy
…or at least WAY easier. Typorama, Over, and Vanilla Pen make posting pretty social posts simpler than it's ever been. They allow you to type over photos or backgrounds and have a consistent look. All three you can try for free, though if you want their watermark removed, there’s a small fee. You don’t have to feel obligated to take a photo everyday if your project really isn’t photo-op compatible. You can type in a line that you contributed for the day. Or snap a pic of the sunrise with text on how you’re feeling. That way, you POST SOMETHING. It’s not all going to be gemstones but remember that diamonds are found in the rough. The rough stuff is doing the work. So give yourself a break. Doing favors for yourself along the way are kindnesses of which we don’t give ourselves nearly enough.
Are you ready to take the challenge? Accept #day1 by tagging me: I’m @alisonperrie.
If not 100, why not a 5-day challenge to make you feel more focused and clear? Take my #5DaysofFocus email challenge, or book a call with me here. I’m happy to chat about how we can do a 1:1 to get you to day 101.