I created some simple rules for myself in constructing this challenge.
- Focus on doing, instead of thinking about doing! I tend to make a lot of plans, and I have a lot of ideas, but I always find reasons not to execute. My first rule is that each challenge will include action of some kind.
- Collaborate! I am a big fan of collaborating and a firm believer that bringing people together to solve a problem almost always yields a better result than going it alone. Each of my challenges will involve a collaboration with at least one other person.
- Take small actions to see where they will lead. In many professional and education settings I hear “begin with the end in mind.” It’s also common to hear that in order to get somewhere you need to know where you are going. With this experiment, I don’t know where I’m going, and I’m giving myself permission to let the end evolve on its own. In each challenge, I plan to take small steps to see where they will lead and try to get comfortable with ambiguity. If I hit a dead end, that’s okay too (see rule number 5).
- Don’t expect perfection, but demand forward motion. I am committing to keep moving forward. Even if I lose track of my why, become unmotivated, or have a setback. If I pause in this challenge I will continue on, if things take longer than expected I will adjust.
- Restructuring mid-way is okay. I want to complete each challenge I set out for myself this year. However, if the definition of done changes half way through, I’m okay with that as well.