It’s been about six weeks since the Year of Ideas Every Day ended. In some ways I miss posting up an idea or so everyday, and on the other hand, I like that not doing it will more than likely get me back to writing more traditional posts like were more frequent before starting the daily ideas series.
Soon I’ll write up a synopsis and insights on what I learned doing Ideas Every Day. In the meantime, I’ve been posting those type of ideas over on Betterific. It’s a great site, with some great people running it, and a strong community. I got a chance to work w/ one of the founders in some light brainstorming session on the future of the site and they have a lot of great stuff going even if you’re a Company trying to figure out how to leverage something like that. Plus, I just won a year’s supply worth of Reddi-wip from one of their idea contests sponsored by Reddi-wip – so you know the site has a place in my stomach… oh, I mean heart.
Well, I have a whole folder worth of topics I’ve been putting to the side over the last year and am excited to get back to various types of posts. If you’re looking for some of those style posts, just go back before Feb. of 2012. If you wanted all the IED series standalone, just use this filter.
Deciding to start this “Ideas Every Day” post series one year ago and write out an idea every single day for a year has taught me a lot about myself. I’ll break down that in a different post, but in the meantime I invite you to try it as well.
Pick something you want to try and do it every day for a year. I promise where you end up won’t be where you think.
Take out a blank piece of paper, about the size of a business card or index card. Whatever size you know you will carry around in your pocket / purse or whatever everyday.
Now write the numbers 1-50 on the front and 51-100 on the back.
Now pick a goal you’ve been trying to obtain and make sure it’s stated in the positive as something you can track. For instance, if you want to ‘not eat candy’ turn that into ‘eat something healthier’ or ‘decline a piece of candy’.
Now, every time you actually do that action, cross out a number on your card, starting with the number 1.
Chances are, by the time you get to crossing off number 100, you’ll probably be so used to doing the right thing you won’t even want to go back to the opposite.
Sit down and imagine you’re having a dinner party for New Year’s Eve 2015. Who do you want at that dinner if you could have anyone in the world. Who are the most important people there and what would you talk about? Who would you want to celebrate with? Who would you be grateful for being around for the next year all the way up till that party? Who would have helped you with something that you want to thank there? Who would you have helped that you want to see show up there and see the outcome of that help?
The best time to write down the list for NYE 2015 is now. The best time to start working on making sure that group of people are actually there over a year from now is also right now. Start and keep it up for the next year and see who’s ready to come to your party.
Instead of writing your resolutions list for this year, pretend you’re sitting there on 12/31/14 and write out a list of facts. Write them out as if they’ve already happened and believe in them as if they are 100% absolute true facts.
Probably a better mindset to committing to doing them vs. calling them resolutions.
Go and get 12 index cards, small-ish pieces of paper, or even the back of some old useless business cards.
On the top line of each write in big letters “You Must Do This”
At the bottom, sign your name and put ‘Expires 12/31/14′
Now go and give 3 cards each to four of your closest friends, family or co-workers/partners.
Explain to them that at any point throughout 2014 they are welcome to hand you that card and say ‘you will do this’ and you will comply, no questions asked to whatever their request is for you to do.
If you’re afraid of what they might ask you to do with any of the 3 cards, then give them an extra card too.
Ceiling fans are great, except for when you’re not standing directly under them. How about creating a way for ceiling fans to be able to slightly pivot in different directions.