100 Day Challenge
Setting a challenge, defining the rules, making changes during the challenge, incorporating learning after the challenge, these are controvertible features of athletic training, why should creativity or lifemaking be different? I have set myself numerous challenges over the course of my life. I can remember as 12 year-old wondering deeply about why we used time the way we do, how the general societal agreement for 7 day weeks with 2 day weekends was shaping us. I tried a variety of changes, only dimly remembered, including a three-day week where I would see, speak or hear different on each day. And, of course, Oneshirt itself is a type of challenge, simply put, to wear just one thing for as long as possible.
The 100 Day challenge is to stop wasting my time on reading the algorithmically offered tidbits of “news”, to let go of the habit to seek the outside world, in order to focus on my own creativity. I like to think of the 100 Day challenge as a marathon, with the goal of creating a special time or space within my life by removing something large and time consuming in order to foster something delicate or precious. If I were writing a book, for example, I would not want to spend a lot of time watching premium television, if I had decided that this habit made it more difficult for me to sustain my creative vision.
“I like to think of the 100 Day challenge as a marathon, with the goal of creating a special time or space within my life by removing something large and time consuming in order to foster something delicate or precious.”
Blogging the 100 Day challenge is a great way to keep myself accountable and to mark my progress. Mile markers, Day markers, pass by and give me a sense of how what I am doing different is succeeding. Already, on a very busy day, the first day of classes, I have found the time to write more than 300 words about what I am planning, or rather, why I am planning. Tomorrow I will recount what I did today.