A month ago I proposed the #100Somethings challenge, a commitment to do something 100 times before the end of 2016. Over 300 people have taken it on with me.
My something: write 100 blog posts before the end of the year. This will be number 20.
But I’m slowing down. What started as an essay every day has turned into an essay about every 4 days. There’s no chance at this rate I’ll reach the #100Somethings goal.
And tonight, Matthew Morehead and Julia Snyder woke me up a bit to the okayness of rerouting in a way that feels truer, more aligned and more relevant.
Here’s how Matthew began his 23rd post:
“So I have been feeling a bit off around this 100somethings challenge. Thank you Julia for vocalizing this, totally resonates. It’s beginning to feel stale and constricting. Boring almost. Looking into this to see what I will do next.”
This resonated with me so I responded. Then he reached out directly.
So I watched Julia’s video and it hit home. It was real and clear and vulnerable.
Here’s the part of her message that hit me:
“I want to show you everything that comes with this challenge and I want to tell you when it’s not feeling good … and if it doesn’t resonate I should say no and take a different route; a different path … I still want to do the #100Somethings challenge so I came up with different idea.”
Instead of a creating and posting a play-oriented video every day, Julia decided to record instances of herself playing every day, and only put together videos once a week.
That feels way better to me, from a viewer’s standpoint. I’d rather see compilations of fun moments throughout the week stitched together in Julia’s unique way than 7 separate videos a week. That’s a creative upgrade. And she still found a way to honor her challenge. Nice reroute homegirl.
Matthew decided to reroute too. And I want to reroute too.
Lately I’ve been working on a few more researched, more comprehensive, more magazine-worthy articles. One on privilege, one on the Trinfinity company culture, one on personal bubbles, and a few others. I’m loving them and I’m loving this process. I don’t want to rush it. I’m getting more interested in writing great articles about important topics, and the idea of continuing to crank out quick, half-baked essays is less exciting than it was a few weeks ago.
Instead of publishing every day for the rest of the year, I’m rerouting. I commit to write every day for the rest of the year. That means I might continue to go 4 days between publishing an essay. That feels way better to me. It feels fantastic actually.
Here’s the perfect quote from one of my favorite books, Rework:
“Why don’t we just call plans what they really are: guesses. Start referring to your business plans as business guesses, your financial plans as financial guesses, and your strategic plans as strategic guesses. Now you can stop worrying about them as much. They just aren’t worth the stress.
When you turn guesses into plans, you enter a danger zone. Plans let past drive the future. They put blinders on you. “This is where we’re going because, well, that’s where we said we were going.” And that’s the problem: Plans are inconsistent with improvisation.
And you have to be able to improvise. You have to be able to pick up opportunities that come along. Sometimes you need to say, “We’re going in a new direction because that’s what makes sense today.”
The timing of long-range plans is screwed up too. You have the most information when you’re doing something, not before you’ve done it. Yet when do you write a plan? Usually it’s before you’ve even begun. That’s the worst time to make a big decision.”
— Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
I drew that sketch while I was in Paris around this time last year.
Tell me how you’re rerouting in the comments of this post or on facebook. & Thanks again Matt & Julia ❤