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3 Easy Ways to Do The 100 Day Project

Orange and hot pink background with text that reads #The100DayProject We begin on April 07 facilitated by @LindsayJeanThomson

It’s that time of year again! The 100 Day Project kicks off in 2 weeks on April 7th. I participated last year for the first time and knew I’d be back for more in 2020. And since we are all probably desperate right now for some free distractions or a reason to get up each day, it’s the perfect time to jump into it. 

What is The 100 Day Project?

The 100 Day Project is a very simple concept. In a nutshell, it’s an annual and global online art project where you choose what to do for 100 days that you can also share with the participants.

From the website:

#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.

Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

What If I’m Not Good at Art?

That’s great, neither am I! That’s not going to stop me though. And it shouldn’t stop you!

What is “art” anyway? The wonderful thing about this “art” project is that ANYTHING, literally anything, you can commit to doing for 100 days is your “art.”

You, dear reader, are already an artist!

In the past, people have given up drinking for 100 days. Or chose to spend 100 days decluttering. This last weekend there was a kick-off on Instagram Live to discuss approaching your personal project. One person used a lawn chair as performance art and somehow made something out of it every single day (like using it as a shield at least once).

So instead of thinking that you’re not an artist, think about what you can commit to for 100 days that you can also share.

Last year I wanted to explore my new neighborhood and try to get 10,000 daily steps. I was able to do this a lot of days but not all. I learned really quickly that my calves would complain if I didn’t stretch before my walks, lol. (And that project would be completely inappropriate this year given our new COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.)

How did I share this? I created an IG stories highlight and each day posted a picture or a video on my walks. It was that easy.

3 Ways to Choose Your 100 Day Project

During the Instagram Live this past weekend, coordinator Lindsay Jean Thomson suggested to think of your project in terms of production, process, or play.

Approach #1: Production

You can be productive by creating something. This one is probably the most traditionally “artsy.”

Maybe you want to make a collection of art like doodles, or calligraphy, or bracelets, or kiss marks on your hand, you know whatever.

Just make something. It doesn’t have to be “good,” whatever that means. It just has to be made.

Approach #2: Process

Or you can choose to engage in a process, like learning a new skill.

Maybe you want to take up macramé or underwater basket weaving. It doesn’t have to be serious. Or maybe this is the year you start your novel! NaNoWrMo starts in 7 months. Imagine if you spent the next 100 days prepping for it!

Just learn something. You don’t have to become an expert at it. It is only 100 days, after all!

Approach #3: Play

And then there’s play. What’s a simple thing you can do over 100 days that is just for fun?

Could you make a new origami creature every day? Or sculpt with some play-doh? Play hopscotch? Jump rope? Try out a new makeup look each morning? Tickle your kids? Give your dog belly rubs?

Just play.

Or combine all three! For example, make flashcards for the new language your learning and play with your kids or spouse or an accountability partner.

What If I Don’t Finish?

So what if you don’t finish? There’s no penalty for taking a break or abandoning a project if it just isn’t working for you. Maybe you change gears midway and start a different project. That’s totally cool!

YOU MAKE YOUR OWN RULES!

Since there aren’t any other rules to this, other than attempting a 100-day streak, you can break this up however you want. What if you want to do 3 projects each for 33-ish days? Or maybe 10 for 10 days? Do it!!

My 2020 Project

My plans are still up on the air. But I have a few wacky ideas.

My husband and I attempted our own “pints & paint” night at home last weekend. We both drew the same avocado from a Google image search, then colored it in with crayons. And it was SO MUCH FUN! I’m tempted to take up drawing or doodling again for 100 days. 

Behold my attempt at an avocado!

Sketchbook on carpet with a page opened to a crayon drawing of an avocado split in half. Signed by the artist. Text overlay reads PetiteFont.com

There’s also my lifting goals. Now that our gym is closed, we’re confined to our home gym which isn’t too bad. I’m thinking of doing a few 30-day challenges and then adding something in for the last 10 days. In fact, I’m definitely starting Bret Contreras’ 30 Day Glute Challenge on April 1st. Wanna join me?

The possibilities are endless! Maybe I get #themendyproject completely finished over the course of the 14-ish weeks by doing one repair per week (instead of per month)?  

Or maybe I’ll pose my dino pincushion (who occasionally makes an appearance on Instagram) in a new place around my house every day. Or play “spot the dino” with my followers on IG for 100 days. 

That’s actually a hilarious idea. Spot the Dino! #spotthedino anyone?

There are more resources and FAQs available at The100DayProject.org, including a reflection guide to help you plan out your project.

Whatever you choose to do I hope it brings you some laughs. 

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