WITH 10 MINUTES A DAY FOR YOUR SOCIAL PROJECT: THE 100 DAY CHALLENGE FROM GOOD IDEAS BLOG.
In a world that is constantly in motion and where time is a precious commodity, it can often be a challenge to achieve long-term goals or even take the first step toward them. However, a study has now found that continuous work on a goal over a period of 100 days brings us to the level of 95% of people working in that area. This breakthrough in psychology provides a clear structure for those who want to realize their dreams but don’t know where to start.
Do you have an idea that you’ve been wanting to implement for a long time but haven’t been able to muster the courage? Perhaps it seems too big or overwhelming? The solution may lie in starting small. Sit down, clarify your goals, and commit to working on them every day – whether it’s 10, 20, or 30 minutes. Regardless of whether it’s Sunday or Monday, it’s important to be realistic. It’s better to be productive for five minutes than to plan for ten minutes and then not implement it. Consistency is key, and often, five minutes on a difficult day are more valuable than a longer period, as they maintain the joy and motivation in the process.
In brief, the 100-Day Challenge can be summarized as follows:
Goal Setting: Write down your goals. Whether it’s building physical strength or realizing social projects, clear formulation of your goals is the first step toward success.
Developing Strategies: Develop strategies to achieve your goals. Whether through weightlifting exercises for physical fitness or planning and implementing aid efforts for the homeless, clear strategies are the guideposts on your journey.
Setting Time and Implementation: Set fixed time limits and be consistent. It’s better to invest a short amount of time every day than to have large gaps in your schedule. Consistency is the key to forming habits and thus to long-term success.
The 100-Day Challenge is not only a way to achieve personal goals but also an opportunity to motivate oneself and continuously work towards realizing one’s dreams. For social projects, it offers a structured approach to effecting positive change in the community and helping others.
This how your brainstormung could look like too. MING Labs auf Unsplash
If you accept the 100-Day Challenge, share your experiences and adventures. Report what happened, how you felt, and what progress you made. Perhaps after 100 days, you’ve initiated a social project and are doing something every weekend, or even more frequently? Please share your experience <3
Your brainstorming might look like this, but a piece of paper is enough. Photo by MING Labs on Unsplash.
I always like to read examples, so here’s a little help for point 2: Developing Strategies. Using the example of offering food to the homeless:
Practically speaking, what is your first step? You take a piece of paper and gradually write down whatever comes to mind. Maybe with friends or even better, with people who work with the homeless or the homeless themselves. But you can also simply write down your thoughts at home. Here, too, the same applies – first set the time. 10 minutes every day? Then make the mind map for 10 minutes, until it’s finished. This can take 1 day or 20 days. You can also update the mind map at any time, add or remove things.
Here are a few ideas:
Development of a Detailed Plan: Based on your experiences during the challenge, develop a detailed plan for implementing your idea of offering food to the homeless. This plan could include:
Location and timing of food distribution
Type of meals (hot meals, snacks, beverages)
Collaborations with local restaurants, supermarkets, or other organizations for food procurement
Logistics and transportation of food to the distribution site
Recruiting volunteers to assist with food distribution
Procurement of Resources: Identify the necessary resources and work on obtaining them. This may include financial support, food donations, permits for food distribution in public places, and other necessary materials.
Building Partnerships: Establish and deepen partnerships with local community organizations, authorities, businesses, and other interest groups that are also committed to supporting the homeless. Collaboration can enhance the effectiveness of your efforts and increase the impact of your initiative.
Implementation and Continuous Improvement: Start the food distribution according to your plan and gather feedback from participants. Be open to suggestions and improvement ideas, and adjust your activities accordingly. Continuous improvement is crucial to ensuring that your efforts have a positive and sustainable impact on the community.
Public Relations and Awareness Building: Utilize social media, local media, and other channels to inform about your initiative and raise awareness of the issues faced by the homeless. By sharing stories and experiences, you can inspire others to get involved and bring about positive change.
Evaluation of the 100-Day Challenge: Always look back at the mind map and add or remove things. I often create a new document in Word, which I then name project 1.1, or project 2.0, 2.1, etc. This way, I can always look back at the old ideas, and what may have seemed unfeasible before might be feasible at a later date.
If you want to try it, report what happened after 100 days? Try to see everything positively (even if nothing positive happened, or you didn’t start anything) – because everything you did often involves new things. You learned something new. If after 100 days you say, that was nothing, then you have learned 100% something, you are in a different situation, or you are perhaps much closer to your heart’s theme than before.