Episode 122 - Over Coffee: The 100 Day Project
Learn about The 100 Day Project and how Quynh is participating, plus the strategies that are helping her achieve her goal.
How do you stick to a goal and see it through to the end?
It’s really hard! We all want to build new habits and skills, and we all have projects we want to finish.
In our latest episode of Paper Talk, we chatted about how Quynh is participating in The 100 Day Project. It was founded by Lindsay Jean Thomson as a way to commit people to working on a specific project daily for—you guessed it—one hundred days.
Quynh’s goal is to work on video: shooting, editing, sharing, all of it. You can hear more about how she’s doing this, including lots of tips that you can use for editing and posting your own videos.
Here’s what you’ll learn when you listen to our conversation:
► What The 100 Day Project is, and how Quynh is participating.
► Tips for using Instagram Reels.
► How and where to edit videos, including stabilizing shaky video.
► What to look for in a camera and what to avoid.
► How we’ve been pampering ourselves lately
If you can’t listen right away, get started with these three things we love about The 100 Day Project that you can use to accomplish goals and finish projects.
To reach the end, you have to take lots of steps. If you don’t want your project to take years and years, or never get finished, you have to make consistent progress. The 100 Day Project is great in that it pushes people to do something everyday. That’s how habits are formed. That’s how you move steadily towards the finish line.
“I think that’s one of the biggest things about creating, is being consistent. So everyday doing something.” -Jessie
If you have something you’d like to work on, setting a daily goal is a great start. Quynh committed herself to taking a video everyday. That’s a flexible goal that doesn’t have a huge time commitment. You don’t need to set aside hours and hours a day if you’re being consistent daily.
Make a Public Commitment
Quynh uses the hashtag #The100DayProject to tag her progress on Instagram. Everyone else participating does the same thing. If you miss a day, people might notice. That pressure can be a useful tool when trying to accomplish something. It motivates you to keep up.
“It’s so hard to be accountable just to yourself.” -Jessie
In your own life, you can find ways to build in this accountability. For example, we have long leaned on each other for advice, collaboration, and very importantly, a way to keep each other on track. When someone else knows about your goal, you’ll be much less likely to skip out on those smaller steps since you’ll know they’ll ask about them soon!
Your music teacher was right. You need practice!
“I just know in past things that I’ve done, the more that I do it, the more time that I touch and repeat it and practice and practice, the better I’m going to be at it.” - Quynh
The more you work towards your goal, building in consistency and accountability, the easier it will become. Practicing those good habits will lead to them feeling more natural, just a regular part of your day. And as you work regularly towards a goal, you’ll get better at that skill! It’s a win all around.
Listen to the podcast to hear more about the skills Quynh has been building on her 100 day journey, plus lots of tips she’s picked up along the way.
Also, here's the PDF format for THE WHY WORKSHEET that you can download for free.