I've been reading lately about people who commit to doing something creative for an entire year. It's an interesting concept and one I'm thinking about trying. There are a couple things holding me back:
- What if I attempt it and don't complete it?
- Are there enough different ways to be creative about something?
- When it gets hard will I push through or will I give up?
When I'm thinking about something, I read about it. I found a ton of interesting stuff on this concept. First, the guy who created and started calling it Project 365, Noah Scalin. He made a skull every day for a year (some of them are way cool). He's also written a couple of books and in the promotion of his second book, Unstuck, there are a lot of articles talking about the project. Like this one.
Scalin has 6 ideas about how to come to the project in a way that helps stick to the commitment and not just think about it.
- Let go of preciousness
- Freedom comes from limitations
- Get out of your environement
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Get things by giving them away
So, back to my initial questions.
- Attempt, but can't complete?
- So what? I've started things over and over and I keep starting them again. Scalin himself said that the Skull Project was his third attempt at a 365.
- Seriously? I've been stretching myself and trying different things my whole life. I sat here and thought of at least a dozen ways to create my 365 idea.
- Here's the thing. For me, it's like working out. If I know that someone's waiting for me at the gym - I haul myself out of bed and go. If I know someone's waiting to see me succeed (or fail) or simply to live the project along with me vicariously, that's incentive enough to show up. Every. Day.
- Anyone want to be a 365 buddy? We could bounce ideas off each other and shout encouragement through the interwebz.
I like the idea of doing a "thing" every day. It does help me to limit the box, so to speak. So my 2 ideas are either a giraffe or a snowman/woman/person. Any thoughts on which one I should do? Any ideas about materials to use? Any encouragement? Any naysayers? I'd love to hear from one and all. Drop me a comment and tell me what you think.