The 365 New Things Project
(A guest post by my good friend, Anik Singal)
If you consider yourself a personal development geek, you might want to consider the 365 New Things Project. This personal challenge revolves around the idea that you can—and should—learn something new every day, and it holds you accountable to the concept for an entire year.
Interested? It’s easy to partake, and you don’t need to create an account anywhere to do it. The process takes a small amount of setup, but you can run it in the way that best matches your needs.
Make a List
Your choices in this first step will affect the rest of the year, so take your time and let yourself have some fun. The basic idea: list out as many skills as you can. Each should be simple enough to learn with a few hours worth of work, and they can relate to each other.
For example, you may want to learn to perform music. If so, your list may include a line about playing the harmonica and another about learning to sing well. Another could relate to written lyrics or learning to read music.
Each of these items deserves its own line. Try to write at least five hundred options. This step may take a little longer than you might expect, but it will serve as the foundation for the rest of your year.
Decide on Your Top 365 Items
From your full list, choose 365 that you plan to commit to. Keep this list private, and keep it somewhere safe. Online storage devices work well for this. If you use Google Drive or Dropbox to store your list, you can access it from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Once you have your curated list of 365 items, get started right away. You need to complete at least one new skill every day, and hold yourself accountable for the process. In order to learn the skill, you may choose a specific task that you need to perform with each. Record your progress from the moment you start and then again when you finish. You will want to see your progress throughout the year.
Update Your Followers
Use whichever social media platform you choose, and keep it updated every day. Make only one update each day. You don’t want to inundate your followers with mundane interactions. Instead, post only when you finish learning your daily skill.
Include the results from the specific task if you want to prove your skill. As you update these results, your original list will take shape for anyone following along.
Allow for some flexibility. Your friends, family, and your followers may want to interact with you as you progress through the year. If so, listen to their advice. If they have good ideas about supportive skills, you may want to alter your list as the seasons progress.
Do this for a full year and you will learn 365 skills that you never knew before. It’s a fun challenge. Do you have what it takes to follow through?
About the Author: Anik Singal is a Founder and CEO of VSS Mind, an e-learning company with a mission to change the world by creating information entrepreneurs worldwide. He’s also the creator of two HUGE Recent Internet Marketing product launches, namely Inbox Blueprint & Publish Academy.