You have to do it one bite at a time, right? Here's the thing - I'm not so good with that approach.
You've got a deadline? I'm your girl.
Long-term project? I'm still your girl - but what is your deadline?
While I am so grateful for the work ethic I was raised with and my perfectionist nature, this approach to projects (and life) means I don't get very much sleep sometimes. It also means that things which really need to be done every day - like exercising for 30 minutes, or taking some quiet time for myself - just don't happen every day.
But this year, I'm going to change by participating in three projects -
#1 - Project 365
This is a popular photography self-assignment (go look up Project 365 on Flickr - there are a ton of groups) that I've always wanted to try, but I didn't think I could commit to taking a photo every single day. Just for myself.
But on January 1, I started. And I've done it every day. I don't always have a chance to post the photos right away, but I do take them on time. And I love that I'm creating a visual diary of 2010 for myself.
I'll post weekly collages on this blog to keep me on track. If you want to follow the daily posts, they'll be over on my family blog. (Which I'm slowly merging into this blog, but I don't want to put the daily Project 365 posts here. Too much info? Okay...I digress...)
#2 - 300 Workouts Not doing as well on this one. I've done 5 in the last 9 days. The challenge is to commit to exercise however you choose for 45 minutes - as long as you break a sweat - for 300 out of 365 days. I follow a really inspiring photographer named Dane Sanders on Twitter, and he suggested it. I thought it would be fun to join in. If you are on Twitter and want to join, tweet your workout information with the hashtag #300workouts.
(If you don't know what I just said because you aren't on Twitter, don't worry. If you want to join and you have questions, let me know if I can help any of the craziness make sense. If you don't want to have anything to do with Twitter because you are ok not knowing what Ryan Seacrest had for dinner, that's just fine too.)
#3 - Resolutionary Challenge
This year, I'm going to excel.
To help keep me on track, I'm going to be making a series of charts to track my progress. (I need visuals. On my refrigerator. It's really the only way...) If you need a refrigerator chart too, you can download the first week's chart by clicking on the graphic below. (You'll need Adobe Reader or some other PDF reader installed on your computer.)
(If you are having trouble downloading it, send me an e-mail and I'll e-mail you the PDF file.)
If you are interested in joining me on one or two or all three of my little projects, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!