5 Things To Plan Before Starting a 100 Days Project
Starting a 100 days project? Here are a few things you may need to know before you do. I was having a conversation with a client this morning on this very topic. She has done 100 days projects with me before but I was the one who planned all the steps; she and a couple of other friends just kind of followed along.
The first thing you need to know is; what a 100 days project is for? That part is simple. It works like this. The average person who starts anything will do that “anything” about 1-3 days per week. Example, taking up a pottery class. So if you went pottery class every week for a year you, technically, would have practiced your pottery throwing skills 52 times. At that rate, you would need just under 2 years to get to 100 days of pottery.
The purpose of the 100 days project is to give you about a year’s experience in 100 days. This is plenty of time to work on your learning skills and to discover whether or not you wish to add this skill into your life long-term.
The 5 Things
Starting a 100 days project is like any other long-term plan that you might begin. If you follow this 5 simple steps I guarantee that you will be able to succeed. You wouldn’t plan a vacation without doing some research, would you? This is the same thing. Take as long as you need to plan but be sure to START TODAY.
1. What Do You Want To Achieve Or Learn?
This is your first step. Think about what it is that you want to learn or achieve by doing this 100 days project. Is this for work? or fun? Maybe you have always been curious about learning Japanese? Or want to go on a world tour with the family for 100 days. “The What” doesn’t matter as much as “The Why”? If you have a BIG ENOUGH WHY, the HOW IS REALLY EASY. Once you know what it is that you expect to learn you are ready for the next step.
2. Review Your Life Wheel
You have 8 areas in your life and you are about to take on a project that is going to suck up 15-60 minutes of your life for the next 3 months and 10 days. How will this project affect these other areas? Here’s a Life Wheel so you can see what those areas are and spend some time planning around those areas. You may even discover a neglected area of your life that could be an excellent 100 days project either now or sometime in the future.
I have my coaching client review this life wheel, at least monthly, as a way of noticing what types of improvements they are receiving and not noticing. Or a way of noticing how a change in another context is influencing an are or the Life Wheel as a whole. Once you’ve planned in the other areas of your life go to the next step.
3. Who Is Your Accountability Person?
Even world-class athletes have coaches? Even the most independent human needs someone to keep him or her on track even if it’s just to spot weak-point or asymmetries in the plan. I do recommend that your accountability person is someone other than a spouse or family member. Intimate others and family member are more likely to let you off the hook when you don’t keep your word or lack motivation.
Talk to a trusted friend, hire a coach or even picking a stranger or acquaintance will be more likely to keep you on track. once you have secured an accountability person, go to the next step.
4. 100 Days, Doesn’t Have To Mean 100 Days In A Row
I recently did a 100 days project that was very mentally taxing. I found that I was able to manage the fatigue by taking weekends off. This does mean that your project will take more than the standard 100 days. I have done plenty of 100 days project in a continuous manner. I found that both are effective. Pick what works with your schedule, family, work and whatever considerations that you need to put in there. THE GOAL IS TO COMPLETE THE GOAL, the how and how long is up to you.
5. Less Is More
If you are brand-new to the 100 days process, PLEASE READ THIS TWICE. Plan on less to accomplish more. The 100 days of yoga, some friends and I did this year, started with 15 minutes of yoga. The plan was to add more yoga into the routine every 33 days. It worked but I can tell you it took almost a month to heal up from that project. No one got injured but in hindsight, we never should have stacked those yoga routines like that. Lesson learned.
Whatever you are planning, if you are new to this, cut the time in half. If after 50 days, you are still thirsty for more add 5 minutes instead of doubling the time.
Now… Get Started Today!
Anthony Robbins always says “Take Massive Action”! I agree. Whatever goal or project that you wish to take on, be sure to know I am 100% in your corner. BE safe, have fun and be sure to enjoy the journey. I’ll see you on the other side.
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