Hundred day projects are THE best way I know to effectively create something pretty big.
Is there anything you have been wanting to do for a long time (write a book, create a course, get fit, build your list....)? Without a clear plan, these really important but not so urgent things tend to fall by the wayside.
And yet you know that making them happen would be so helpful to get you to where you want to go. Sometimes you just have to power through.
Hundred day projects work because 3 plus months are enough time to really get some momentum going, and because you create a clear, visual plan with the steps you need to take to make your big dream happen.
Whatever you feel like doing in the moment, there will be something on your chart that you know will move you closer to your goal.
SO, HOW DO YOU PUT TOGETHER A 100 DAY PROJECT?
First, decide on a goal.
I normally combine something business related with some new habits I want to implement.
For my last project, the business goal was to create, launch and sell a new workshop.
There were some niggly things I needed to get out of the way, and some self-care and feel good goals I wanted to make happen.
Plus, I decided to re-integrate eating healthily and regular exercise and meditation practice into my day-to-day life.
Next, start to back engineer.
What that means is that you take your desired end result, and ask: What would be the last step that had to happen to make it a reality?
For my workshop example, for people to have bought my workshop, they would have to have known it exists and seen the value in it.
So I have to send out an email sequence to my list, partner up with colleagues to help spread the word, and create social media posts talking about the workshop and why it is really great.
To be able to sell the workshop, it also has to be ready. I have to have filmed the different checkpoint lessons, written the manuals, and created additional content.
To be able to do that, I have to know how the workshop will be structured, what kind of transformation it provides, and how it is put together.
For me to be able to know that, I have to know where i want to take people with it (going from A (pain point) to B (solution).
And so on.
I then make broad categories (create content, create structure, create promotional material, find JV partners, etc.).
These broad categories get broken down into smaller categories.
For example the Create content category could look like this:
- get clear on the transformation each module provides
- create videos
- create audios
- create written materials
Then I take each of those categories, again breaking it down:
- Decide on and get (borrow, buy..) camera to use
- Research and decide on mic to use
- Get lights
- Decide on background and theme
- Get props
- book hair and make-up people (if you want to go really fancy :-) )
- write script for all the videos
- create shooting schedule
and so on
Once you have done that for all the different categories you have, buy a really big poster board.
On it, create big circles which contain the bigger categories.
For example, still staying with the 'create videos' section:
One big circle would be:
From there, have smaller circles surrounding it that contain things like:
- decide on camera
- get camera
- decide on props
- get props
- decide on mic
- get mic
The next big circle could be 'Write scripts', the smaller circles surrounding that would then be:
- Script Video 1
- Script Video 2
and so on
I also add fun stuff to my board, like
- get a haircut (smaller circle is - make appointment, - decide on style)
- get massage (this is the big circle, a smaller circle could be: make 5 appointments within next 100 days), the other small circles would have the actual dates in them.
And things I know must happen in the next 3 months, like
- renew passport (big circle, little circles are: make appointment, get passport pic taken)
Here is an example from my board.
I plan to go to Copenhagen with my daughter, so I included the trip on the 100 Day Project Board:
The big circle reads: Copenhagen 10. - 13.6.
From this there is little circle going off that says:
Book flights, another one with: Book Air BnB, and another one that reminds me to find someone to look after my dog.
At the bottom of my board, there are two rows with a hundred little squares each.
The first one is exercise and mediation, which I want to do 6 days a week, and the second one is 'Eat healthily', which for me means no gluten, no sugar, only 2 glasses of wine/week, no processed food, no meat products.
Every day I did exercise and mediation or ate healthily I tick one little box off (with a beautiful golden pen :-) ). If I don't, the box doesn't get ticked.
Same with the other many circles.
Every time you did something, it gets ticked off.
On your chart are plenty of options, so you will always find something you feel like doing. You know that whatever you do from your chart will get you closer to your goal, and you don't have to think about what to do next.
Just chose one little circle, get it done and tick it off, and then chose the next one.
If you want to, you can also put cut-off dates into your circles. For example, to be able to launch in 100 days, you have to have the promotional material written by day 80, and so on.
Here is a short video explaining some more about the 100 Day Project:
And now have fun creating your own!
There is a lot of momentum in getting focused on a specific outcome.
Lots of love, and let me know how you are doing with the implementing!