“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca
Despite my hesitations, I have decided to attempt the #The100DayProject. The concept behind the project is to share one piece of art everyday to fuel your creativity and produce something worthwhile for the world. 
 
I have embraced the project as an opportunity to overcome my struggle of consistently publishing content. I continue to stifle my own creativity by embracing big projects which I fail to complete due a combination of fear, perfectionism, and lack of focus. My “art” will be producing one “deliverable” each day for scottkrouse.com.

What That Means:

I considered publishing a blog post each day, but to keep the project achievable and provide quality content, I decided to open myself to other products. I will be working through themes of so that I can narrow the focus each post and build upon each other in lieu of an extensive cumulative post. Ideally, this specificity will let me dig deeper, publish more frequently, and increase readability.
 
The deliverable might be in the form of:
  • blog post of 500-1000 words
  • mind-map
  • sketch note
  • graphic organizer
  • video
It is highly likely that I will create multiple deliverables on specific topics. For example, I might write a blog post summarizing “Flow” and follow it up with a graphic organizer of key concepts. My hope is these variations will help add value and build comprehension. As I build a professional portfolio, these variations will also give me an opportunity to showcase my versatility.
 
For coherency, the following are the initial concepts that I will be working through:
  • Exploring the idea of work, mindset, and deliberate improvement
  • Identifying how we use time and how to make the most of it
  • Understanding happiness, depression, and our environment
  • Exploring creativity and idea generation
  • Exploring the mind and how to improve learning outcomes
  • Key concepts of instructional design and andragogy (adult education)
Additionally, every seven to ten days, I will write a reflection on what I’m learning through the process including challenges and process improvements.

My Learning Loop

“Repetition plus goals for improvement plus feedback generates a different benefit: ever-improving expertise.” – Angela Duckworth
To encourage efficiency and improvement, I will be starting with a few environmental controls and metrics in mind.
 
First, I have already created a rough outline of topics so that I can quickly jump into each post with minimal deliberation, just researching notes that I already have on the topic.
 
Next, I will be using work cycles to most effectively organize my work time.
 
I have identified some environmental controls to increase productivity:
  • prioritizing mornings for creation when I have the most focus
  • trying to do work outside the home where I’m least likely to be distracted
    • need noise cancelling headphones (first lesson learned on Day 1!)
  • phone silenced
  • computer disconnected from internet (during the writing phase, at least)
  • no email
For each deliverable, I will be entering them into a spreadsheet with the following metrics:
  • deliverable type (blog post, mindmap, video, etc)
  • time (ideally divided into planning and actual production, might be too ambitious)
  • words (specifically focused on blog posts)
  • sources used (maybe, maybe not)
#the100dayproject #100days100deliverables
 
To expedite my process, there are some additional things that can increase my efficiency:
  • creating standardized blog templates/sections to minimize redundancy
  • automating the sharing process
  • gaining an understanding of SEO (search engine optimization)

Conclusion

This project is ambitious, but as I poignantly remember from my high school cafeteria:
 
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Have you ever taken on a similar project to get a jump-start? If yes, what was it and do you have any lessons that you learned from the process?
 
If not, what is something in your life that you want to improve? Is there something small you can start doing tomorrow to improve it?
 
As I go through the project, let me know if there are things you’d like further exploration of! Come away and learn with me!
 
Time:  2 hours and 15 minutes, 4 cycles
Words: 721
 
As always, thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Connect with me via Twitter or email!

About Scott

Writer. Teacher. Learner. Keen on process and individual improvement. And running really, really far.

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2 Comments on “Day 1: 100 Deliverables in 100 Days, an Experiment in Publishing”

  1. Yes, I use a running one continuous mile a day as a “jump-start” to exercise and life.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the next 100 days of your project!

    1. I was up to 7 days of one mile…and then I faltered yesterday. Great example, though.

      I look forward to sharing! Thanks for reading!

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