Documenting 1000 Days of Creativity
The Journey Begins
I’ve made a habit of writing a “reset” blog post every new year for the past few years. My version of setting intentions rather than resolutions.
This year, I want to focus on being more intentional about how I spend my time and energy. I want to consciously choose what brings me joy, and give those things my attention and care. I also hope to stay aware of how my actions impact my growth as an online content creator and my overall income.
So, I started thinking about ways to create a plan for the year, breaking down my goals into manageable chunks. Of course, I started overthinking and ended up googling, “how many days have I been alive,” because I’m so focused, right?
17,489. That’s my number as I write this. I’ve made goals before and broken them down into a “daily need”, but that was usually based on a certain dollar amount. For example, if one of my goals is:
- Make $10,000 / month creating online
My daily goal would be broken out like
I want to make about $333 per day ($10,000 / 30 days). I’ve never hit this, by the way… Not yet.
But this year, I want to focus more on taking daily actions that lead to my desired outcome (earning a full-time income by creating content online) regardless of daily earnings. If I’m hopefully on my way towards 18,000 days, and none of us know what the future holds, but it’s my intention to make the most of and document my journey through this process.
I’m not certain how much I'll make, but I want to use each day to create something that brings me joy and that I'm proud of. The idea is that building a consistent habit of creating and sharing will lead to personal and professional growth.
So, my goal is to make something new or meaningful each day. That's my version of a resolution for 2023.
- Create something online every day for 1000 days
Now my daily goals can contribute to the content that I’m creating as a work in progress, or building in a public form of content sharing. I’m opting to count down the number of days rather than starting at day 1 and working my way up, it just feels like it would be much more exciting doing a countdown. That way, I can think of it as how many days are left to go, rather than how many days have I been doing this.
If today is day 1000, then the next few days can look something like this:
999. Determine your goals for the project:
- What do you want to achieve by creating something online every day for 1000 days?
- Are you doing this for personal growth, to build a portfolio, to document a creative process, or for some other reason?
998. Choose a medium for your creations:
- Will you be creating written content, visual art, music, videos, or something else?
- Consider what tools and resources you will need to create your chosen medium.
997. Set a schedule and stick to it: Of course, it’s daily, but when, during each day, will I create?
- Determine how much time you can realistically commit to creating something new every day.
- Set a specific time each day to work on your project.
- Be consistent and try to stick to your schedule as closely as possible.
996. Plan ahead:(Beat’s my usual plan of winging it.) 😉
- It can be helpful to have a rough idea of what you want to create each day, even if you don't have a specific idea in mind.
- This can help you stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed or stuck.
995. Share your creations:
- Consider creating a website or social media account to share your work with others.
- This can help you build an audience and get feedback on your work.
994. Staying motivated:
- It can be tough to keep up a creative project for such a long time, so it's important to find ways to stay motivated.
- Set small, achievable goals along the way and reward yourself when you reach them.
- Surround yourself with supportive people who can offer encouragement and inspiration.
- Remember why you started the project in the first place, and stay focused on your long-term goals.
993. Etc. You get the idea.
I need to make sure I'm tracking my progress and staying accountable. To accomplish this, I'm creating a bullet journal in Notion that will serve as a log for the 1000 days. I'm also planning to document my journey on multiple platforms online so that I have an outward commitment to the goal.
I’m not waiting until January 1, 2023, to begin my 1000 days countdown. If I start today I will reach day 0, on Sunday, September 21, 2025, and that seems as good a day as any to start all over again.
Every year I write, “On the day it started again.” Well, let the journey begin.
It may seem daunting, but I'm excited to see what I can accomplish. I'm ready to get started. Here's to 1000 days of creating!
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