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How to Prepare for a Daily Creative Challenge

It's time for another challenge, and this time I'm gearing up for #the100dayproject. I don't know where it's going to take me, but I have a good idea on how to prepare for the next few months.

If you're considering taking up a daily creation challenge, here are some things you need to do to set yourself up for success.

Schedule the time

Most of us are busy balancing full-time jobs, exercise, and quality time with family and friends. If you want to add something onto your already full schedule, you'll need to be realistic with what you can accomplish.

Put the time on your calendar for when you're going to do your challenge for the length of time you will work on it. Make this block of time sacred. How much time can you afford to spend, on top of your existing responsibilities? Consider this when deciding what you will do for the next 30, 50, or 100 days. 

For me, I aim to wake up an hour earlier in the morning so I have some solid time to work. It's definitely a success some days and not so much on others, but an hour each day is enough to get enough progress done.

Plan what you're going to make

From seeing how much time you have available, you can decide what you can do. What are your interests, or something you've been interested in doing for a while?

In addition to the action, what can you do for yourself to make the sequence easier? To make the process of completing your action easier? If it's a lettering piece, list out what you're going to be writing each day so when it comes to next week at your scheduled time, you'll be focused on your action, instead of guessing what you want to make.

For inktober, I had a list of my quotes scheduled for the whole month.

Inktoberplanning

 

Make your space work for you

When you make starting work easy, you'll find yourself doing it more. Lay all your work supplies together within easy reach. Have your notebook open to a blank page, and make the space as pleasant as possible. If you're going to spend a lot of time here, you need to make it comfortable for yourself.

Warm up

For challenges where you are mostly stationary, it may be a good idea to stretch and warm up the muscles you need before diving right in. Do some big circles with your arms and stretch out your neck. Know and practice what the proper sitting posture is when you're drawing or using the computer. If you're writing, don't limit your movements to just your wrist. All these physical motions may not seem like much today, but if you compound all the movement you've planned for yourself for the next month or so, you're going to be doing a lot of the same motions. Take care of yo bod, dudes. 

Take it easy

Doing something everyday for 100 days or even 30 days is really hard, so give yourself a break if you happen to miss a day or fall behind. Let yourself do it, and then pick up right where you left off and keep going. There are enough things giving us stress and we shouldn't create it from within. 

The goal of this undertaking is to learn, practice, and improve. So start preparing, have fun, and keep making! If you need help planning, I have this handy little Google sheet to help you plan the next 100 days (you'll need to copy it into an existing Google / gmail account).

Follow me on my Instagram @jefamularcano to keep up with me and my progress on #100daysofmotion, my current daily challenge.