I’ve found the best way to build momentum in my life is through commitment.
I don’t want to feel stuck, ever. I hate it. If I spend too many days in a row in pajamas and watching Netflix, I feel sick.
Equally, I feel sick if I go too many days without creating something new or doing something I know is just for me.
I’ve really enjoyed the 30-day writing challenge we’re doing in Praxis. It made me wonder what other things I can commit to for 30 days and what the results would be.
- Reach out to someone new every day. Someone you miss, loved, want to mend things with, or are just curious about. See where the conversation takes you.
- Copy a drawing every day. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, do your best to decipher the formula behind a drawing that attracts you. At the end of the month, look at how much your skill has increased.
- Make someone laugh every day. Don’t go to sleep without cracking at least one chuckle in somebody’s mouth.
- Talk to a child. Be careful about freaking about parents but find a cool kid and sit and have a decent conversation every day. Learn how they see and interpret the world.
- Take a photograph every day. Find the most interesting or meaningful encounter of the day and document it. This will also inspire you to get out more.
- Don’t say anything negative about another person for a month. This is a tough one. For a beautiful plan, try following Yoko Ono’s Cleaning Pieces.
- Write 10 ideas every day. James Altucher swears by this. Not every idea has to be amazing. In fact, most will be shit. But by working your idea muscle consistently, you get stronger mentally and more creative every day.
- Take a one hour walk every day. Walking is amazing. For the physical body, it improves posture, strengthens joints, loosens muscles… and mentally it clears the mind, provides the best “shower thoughts”, and improves the mood. Plus, it’s much easier to convince yourself to walk than to workout.
- Interview a business owner every day. This will take more planning but arrange a month where you have a talk, whether in person or on a call, with a business owner every day. Ask about their story, what’s working, what’s not, what do they love, what do they regret?
- Create something every day. What’s your artform? Is it music, painting, cooking, skateboarding? Every day, commit to creating or doing at least one new thing with that art form.
- Write a book in one month. A step up from the 30-day blogging challenge. Write with a more defined purpose. Write about something you genuinely enjoy, and it won’t feel too much like work. Don’t think about selling or money.
Don’t think of these commitments like work, think of them as the beginning of your story.