If you were to do something consistently for 365 days, what would you do? I have been contemplating the idea of doing something every day for a while but hadn’t landed on the idea that seemed just right for me. I have seen things like 365 days of watercolor paintings, gratitude, acts of kindness, a happiness challenge, meditation, working out, and writing 750 words a day, etc. but none of those ideas resonated with me. And, I think if you are going to do something every day for a full year, it better be something feels exciting and inspiring. It has to be something that you look forward to every day.
And then, just the other day, the right idea did jump out at me. I decided I wanted to write down my accomplishments for 365 days to retrain my brain to focus on the positive and my progress and success. As soon as the idea popped into my head, I couldn’t wait to get started.
The idea occurred to me as I had been working with a life coach, and at the beginning of each session, we started with three wins or accomplishments. It was an eye-opening experience for me as it forced me to take more time to recognize my success. This statement may seem odd to you, but for me, I am running 100 miles per hour, working on my to-do list, and crossing things off as fast as possible, moving on to the next thing. Nothing wrong with that except sometimes I focus more on what I didn’t accomplish, a bad experience, negative feedback instead of taking the time to acknowledge the wins, both big and small.
So, with a big fat new notebook in hand, I started writing down my list of accomplishments, and it has been not only addictive but in only a few days, game-changing. The list forces me to focus on the incredible amount of progress I make every day. My list consists of everything like new orders, new email subscribers, to enjoying a two-hour lunch with my friend, Fred.
What I have already learned so far is that the work-related accomplishments, which were my original intent to capture, are no more important than things like slowing down, watching a movie on Netflix, stringing the lights on my Christmas tree* and going to lunch with a friend. The best part, there are no rules I need to follow on my list. My list is simply what I deem an accomplishment, and that is the beauty of it.
If you are looking for something similar to do, there are a bunch of ideas online. I also like Calm the Chaos, a book invites you to capture accomplishments from today and create a plan for tomorrow. It is a great way to stay focused. I also liked One Question a Day, where you answer a question each day for a year and then do it for five years and compare. It is designed to track emotional growth.
So, what do you think? Is this something you have ever considered doing? And if so, what ideas come to mind? If 365 is too overwhelming, maybe start with 30 days and then decide. Keep me posted, and I will do the same.
*This I rank as a big accomplishment as every year I check the lights before putting them on the tree and still have an issue where after I string them some of the bulbs go out!