So here we are – ready to begin my version of the zero project . 100 Things (nØt 101 that just seems like one too many). I’ve provided some tips for greater productivity and there are forms as well.
You Will Need:
- a few hours + 2.75 years (kidding – plus as much time as you want)
- a cup of tea
- a pencil
- some clean sheets of unlined paper (I used dotted sheets for my Brain Dump)
- coloured pencils (this helps colour-code as you identify common elements)
- printables (see more below) and/or (lined) sheets of paper for The 100 List
- camera to photograph 100 List (I save it in the cloud for easy access)
In my first post, notice I started with lower case Roman numerals i, ii and iii, etc … and then I added numbers 1, 2 and 3, etc … as with most things, before diving in, there’s some preliminary work to do. In order to do (i), I knew if I was going to write the 100 Things posts, I would have to get my list started and in order to do that I had to start with a Brain Dumps AKA Brainstorms, (ii). And I knew I had to set a deadline (iii).
I managed to get number 1.) partially done – I’ve purchased my host (SiteGround) and Elegant Themes (Divi), along with Chelsea’s Start a Profitable Blog Course on How to Set Up a WordPress Site. I’m not an affiliate and haven’t done the course yet so you will notice changes to the site over the next few months … but Chelsea has free courses and shares lots of information on her website. This meant I was able to get a feel of for her style of communicating and I liked it so I invested in her course. I like the idea of supporting a fellow Canadian and she’s from a small island – how exotic.
I’ve also downloaded some of Leslie’s free printables and have been reading her posts on switching from blogspot to WordPress because my garden blogs are on blogspot and I might want to import some of those posts at some point. Unrelated (but not really) I purchased Leslie’s Journey to Clean Course because she has such in-depth to do lists. I love a good To Do List AKA Activities Pages (see below where I talk about them). Again. I am not an affiliate.
With some research and resources under my belt I feel better prepared.
“The strongest and most mysterious weeds often have things to teach us.”
― F.T. McKinstry, , from the Chronicals of Eileron #4
As a gardener, I know I can’t just show up in my garden of paradise yelling to myself
‘Hey OK – I’M HERE – NOW What?’
There are preparations to be made beforehand.
I visualize what will greet me, decide on tools, gather & dump what I think I need into a big straw hat (after writing it all down on a post-it that I stick to my iPhone & that, too, goes in the hat) so I don’t forget a thing. I have my hat, my phone (my notes on my phone and post-it notes on the face of my phone), my fancy yellow string, the right boots, my favourite secateur, etc.
then I go and do the work
take pretty pictures to post
So yes – there’s preliminary work to do. For the writer’s out there, it’s like the story within a story, of sorts – well maybe this part is more like the story outside the story if I’m to be real. So before starting to do any actual work on The 100 Things List, I want to make sure I lay a good, solid yet simple foundation.
In my next post I’ll talk more about the creative process and how its’ stages relate to one another. I will be using right and left brain strategies to move forward. Knowing them and which order they are in means that if I get stuck, I can always go back and check where the process might be clogged and decide on next steps. I want to be thorough. After all, this will consume my next 1000 days … that’s about 2 and 3/4 years.
The first task, before creating The 100 Things List, is to dump everything onto paper.
this is a right brain exercise – go wild – don’t censor anything – write it all down
try to get things written on the right sheets of paper if you have two or more big categories you’ll be working on
but don’t worry if things land on the wrong sheet, this can be changed later
ii. Brainstorm Sheets
These are my everything – my lush garden awaiting a weeding
pen to paper – edit later
The minute I decided I was really going to do this, ideas started rolling in like wildfire and I didn’t want to lose any of them so I grabbed a clean sheet of dotted grid paper for my HOMEwork projects and Erin’s free Calendar Content Printables for my BLOG and Business Planning … I wrote it all down … everything that came into my head (circles, colours and Roman numerals happened – big ones, small ones, etc) … I carried it around with me for a day or two or twenty – if you can do yours in an hour – give yourself a hug – it’s ok if you just want to do a few projects – all these tactics will still work … keep writing … later I posted my sheet where I could see it and continue adding to it.
If you are following along, run off and find your 2017 To Do list … see if you missed anything
… not late for 2017 … early for 2018 …
I begin ‘The 100 Things List’
I use the Activities Page mentioned in my first post and I start culling from the Brain Dump and try putting things that go together near one another on my list … again, I keep writing.
This is where I pulled out my coloured pencils and began using them to colour code more things that I could tell were alike (you can see my dots and green circles in the margins if you look very closely). These were things I decided I want to do first …
Rhythms and patterns begin playing themselves out. I extrapolate from them and later I can time block chunks of similar things into Project Sheets and onto a Schedule.
I want to write a book and there were some things on my list related to this.
I want to continue my art practice – ditto.
From here I can refine my list even further. I have a sense of where I might want to begin … but at this stage while I am anxious and though I feel like I’m ready to hop right in, I also know I want to have a solid plan in hand.
I live in a small space and it’s a little tight in here at the moment … a little like a cross between a messed up rubik’s cube and a Jeu de taquin, one of those annoying sliding tile puzzles, downstairs right now since bringing 25+ years of teaching supplies home at the end of the Summer. My parents downsized and moved into a seniors residence a few years ago and I brought a few of their boxes of treasures home and I recently let go of my off-site drawing studio so art supplies are organized but need to find a proper home. I have a Spare Room but it is in need of a declutter. I just joined a gym so some folding exercise machines will be going.
There are some other things, too, that I felt that needed to be dealt with in a timely fashion though – some of this surfaced around HOMEwork projects and potential issues that might require some new appliance purchases. I have been in my condo for almost 18 years (and all but my stove which is another
song & dance story – I’ve only used it twice – more on that in another post) are showing signs of wear & tear. So while they are still operational, any one of them, or all, could go on the blink any day now.
I’ll be starting downstairs soon so I’m ready to bring new appliances in when necessary.
Forewarned is forearmed.
I also take measures to keep this unedited list in a safe place … my binder, which I keep right beside me. For convenience (and for safety), I also take a photo of my lists and store them in the cloud and on my iPhone for easy access when I’m out.
Welcome to my World
Right now, for me, my list … though rough – it’s ready
… but really – as rough as it is right now – it’s perfect just as it is!
And here’s why it’s perfect … it’s not too precious – I can read it and I can see my process … I like that I can just use everything on my ‘beginnings of a list’ as a guide and I can even write up ‘My Perfect 100 Things List’ after I do ‘all the thing(s)’.
Maybe even frame and hang it.
Now that would be precious.
Do I sense a calligraphy project developing?
Bit of a cheat … but it’s art and art steals from life.
If you’re thinking of following along and doing your own list of projects, grab a sheet of any old paper and let it all land on the page – or pages – know it will be just perfect as is. It can consist of projects you’ve been meaning to get to, habits you’ve been wanting to track, fun things you haven’t done yet … it’s totally up to you! It doesn’t have to be 100 things either … I changed zero project to fit my whims.
I’m sure I’ll be doing some form of it forever.
It would be loads of fun to do some of this with you!
right brain/left brain/right brain