I’ve been tinkering with the idea of doing a 365 day project, but it’s kind of a big deal, you know? Committing to do something every single day for an entire year?! At the same time, I feel like I want to do a hundred different projects. So how do you decide which one to try? And what kind of 365 day project should I even attempt?
With all of that in mind, I want to take a look at some really fun 365 day project ideas that are perfect for creative entrepreneurs such as myself!
But first, I’ve discovered that there are a few things to keep in mind when considering taking on a project like this. And the first thing is to ask yourself what it is you want to accomplish in the new year? What part of your life do you want to work on? Some things include:
- Learn something new
- Get healthier
- Become more disciplined
- Write a book
- Improve skills (like photography or drawing)
- Become more productive
My problem is I want to improve everything in my life, but that’s too much to take on. I know that. Still, here are a few fun ideas to consider:
This is a super popular choice for a lot of people, and honestly one I want to do! However, I’m going to do it as a selfie-a-day. The reason for this is because I hate pictures of myself but I want more pictures to use online. I also want to do more still photography and flat lay photos, and get better at it. But I don’t think I’d commit to doing it everyday. Maybe once a week.
For a lot of people, making writing a hobby can be really difficult. Some people choose to commit to writing in their journal every day, to writing a page for a novel every day, or a certain number of words. I love this idea, because 1. I have been meaning to write a book for years now and 2. I don’t make time to journal as much as I would like. But how much writing can one person commit to?
If you’re like me and don’t read as much as you would like, you can try a 365 day project that involves making time to read every day. I would aim for like, five pages, because anything more than that would seem like too much and then I’d freak out and give up. But that’s just me. Apparently I want to try all the projects, and I know I can’t.
If you’re a blogger but find it hard to find the time, maybe doing a daily blogging project is right for you. This could fall under the writing category, but I felt like it deserved its own.
Some people choose to try meditating every day for a year. I think this would be a fun one, one that can start out for only a minute at first, then build up to a longer practice.
If health is something you want to commit to in 2017, try starting a 365 day project that involves working out. This could be jogging, yoga, skating, swimming, whatever your preferred workout routine involves. Maybe even do a different workout every day? I’d like to do yoga, maybe start out with a simple habit of holding one pose for a minute in the mornings, then work up to a couple different poses.
Arts and Crafts
A lot of people do daily drawing projects, or painting, knitting, whatever their creative passion is. Committing to practice your craft every day is a great way to increase your skills. I might attempt this, too …
Foodies might choose to try to try a new recipe every single day. I hate cooking, so this one is out for me. But if you live nearby and need someone to taste your creations, email me 😉
My house is getting very full very quick, because my thrift shop addiction is strong. A lot of people find themselves wanting to live a more minimilist lifestyle, or even clear up the clutter. If this is you, too, why not do a de-cluttering 365 day project next year? Every day find one item to donate or get rid of and by New Year’s Eve next year, your place will be so much more organized!
Feeling a little unhappy in your day-to-day life? Try writing out a gratitude list every single day for a year and I can (almost) promise you’re going to be so much happier!
Face Your Fears
I loved following Michelle Poler’s 100 Days Without Fear project! Although she faced some really big things and did stuff like stand-up comedy, skydiving and fly a plane, you can always try to tackle little fears like saying hello to strangers on the street, go out for dinner by yourself or go on camera and post a video online (these are some of my fears, by the way). I don’t know if I have 365 fears, but if I repeated some like going to networking events alone, I could probably do it.
Wake Up Early
This is a project I need to do! I hate getting up early, even though I understand the benefits of it. I think if I aimed to wake up a little bit earlier every day I could reach my goal of 6 a.m. by next Christmas!
Another fun idea is to start putting money into your savings account every day. I might try this, but instead of a certain amount, maybe dump my daily pocket change into a jar and see how much I save up in a year? I think that could be a fun, easy project.
- Add a new song to your playlist
- Watch a new movie
- Drink 8 glasses of water
- Stick to a meal plan
- Bring homemade lunch to work
- Practice an instrument
- Learn a new word
- Make your bed
- Kiss your spouse
- Play with your kid for at least one hour
- Take the dog for a walk
This just goes to show your 365 day project idea doesn’t have to be something big, it can be something small to help you create better habits or remind you to make time for things that are important to you.
Anyway, I know that’s a lot of 365 day project ideas, and I obviously can’t tackle them all, but I love the idea of doing something every single day and seeing how much I’ve improved in just a year. Because a year is a long time, but at the same time isn’t. It flies by, but if you commit to do something 365 times you’re bound to improve.
What are some ideas you have for a 365 day project? Have you ever done one? What was it and what did you learn from that experience?