#100 Day Project Update
Thank you for sharing your thoughts ... and things(!) in the #100 Day Project: 3 Good Things About Today.
I was surprised and so pleased so many of you are listing three good things about your day ... someone wrote and said one day they found seven good things(!).
My daily lists are growing, but I have to say, even though I enjoyed it, I spent way too much time on this pineapple upside down cake collage.
Way too much.
So I'm revising my plan: continue to list three good things about my day (it's the most important part of the project), and illustrate some of them.
Rather than one a day, when I finish an illustration or collage, I'll start another.
One illustration a day was too ambitious.
But, it was a good reminder that I don't need to give up or get frustrated. Rather, adjust my expectations and revise the plan.
Note: You'll see I also adjusted the template for this entry by using a pen to extend the box to fit the collage created on a separate piece of paper.
I hope that helps you with whatever you set out to do ... review, revise, and adjust as necessary.
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Tracking the good stuff
One good thing leads to another
Last year on a walk around the neighborhood, we stopped at the Little Free Library box that's tucked in a break in the split-rail fence, two blocks down.
Inside the box I saw the bright yellow spine of Shawn Achor's book, On Happiness. I was familiar with Achor's (funny) TED Talk and took it home.
A new practice
Achor's book is filled with stories and studies on how to boost your happiness. One way is to create a daily list of three good things. It's much the same as a gratitude, list, but I like the idea of three good things.
As you sit with pen in hand, you might at first wonder what good your ordinary day held.
Stick with it
Take a step-by-step run through your day ... you'll find there were good things.
1) that warm shower after a chill
2) seeing the sun after the rain, or
3) a smile from that stranger on the street
It's surprising how comforting and reassuring it can be to recall even the smallest moments.
Taking it to another level
Yesterday, I decided to try something different ... same exercise, but in a new format. Every day for the next 100 days I will continue to list three good things about my day ... and illustrate one.
The idea is inspired by Michael Beirut's 100 Day Project. My goal is to experiment with writing (maybe a poem or short essay), collage, painting, drawing, and photography.
In keeping with Beirut's outline, I will keep the project simple and work on it for only 15-30 minutes a day, for 100 days.
Will you join me?
You don't have to illustrate your list and no special skills are needed.
Just write down three good things at the end of each day. You can list them in a notebook, on sticky notes, a chalkboard, or document them on your phone.
Whatever is most convenient, and makes it more likely you'll stick with it.
I started with a blank notebook and keep it on a side table where I'm sure to see it every day.
If, like me, you want to take it to another level, pair an illustration or photograph with one entry from the day's list.
If you like hand lettering, hand letter your list.
Experiment with abstract images, shapes, and colors that represent how the good feels, or looks, to you.
Either way, it's a good exercise to remind ourselves that if we look, really look, there is something good to be logged and appreciated every day.
I hope you'll join me.
p.s. I've created a blank template to keep my 100 day entries consistent ... if you like, download and use the template for your list.
Ideas for making the most of the time between the things you have to do for the things you want to do