So I’ve just had a wake up call.
I was reading my usual assortment of day-off internet articles, when I literally stumbled onto this article over at the Freedom Experiment How to make a dream come true in 30 days. Basically the article is all about accomplishing a seemingly huge project over the course of just 30 days. Like writing a novel (a la NaNoWriMo), or raising a given amount of dollars for a charity (like Movember).
This got me thinking.
Last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month, which fell right in the busiest time of my first term at grad school. I remember thinking to myself “this is actual madness, you can’t possibly find the time to write 50,000 words AND keep up with this mountain of school work”, but at the end of the month I had the draft of my first novel AND a number of graduate-level papers that made my past works seem weak in comparison. That one month changed the way that I looked at time management, and continues to inspire me to reach out and accomplish my goals in general.
So… why not do some sort of project EVERY month? Why not start and see to completion 12 different projects that I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had any idea how to start. Why not challenge myself to be my personal best? Well, up until now it’s been a lack of ambition and drive. But what if I spent a month and a half planning my next year of projects? And what if I had a group of friends and family members cheering me on? Well in that case I can’t see why I wouldn’t give it my best shot. After all, there’s no better time to change your life then the present.
Let the planning begin!