Anxiety, Attention Deficiency, Accountability, and The 100 Day Project

As a person with ADHD, I have difficulty prioritizing my tasks efficiently enough to get any one long-term project done.

As a person with Anxiety, I have a hard time sharing my progress.

…You might not know these things, considering that I’ve been consistently running a blog, and that I often publish very rough, imperfect blog posts.

The thing that sets blogging apart for me is that I’ve publicized my blogging schedule, and made connections in a community that (possibly) would notice if I didn’t deliver content on the days I promised.

That means that even when ADHD makes the rest of my life feel scattered, I have to force myself to make time for blogging.

That also means that even when Anxiety tells me what I’ve written is terrible, and will make the entire internet point and laugh, I have to publish what I get done.  I promised.

External accountability matters.

 


 

 

When I don’t have external accountability on other projects, I jump from task to task, feeling busy and productive, but barely inching forward on each project individually.

That’s part of the reason I published my Creative Goals here on my blog.
But, that list had so many goals on it, that it’s hard to know day to day what to work on.  (I’m slowly getting better at scheduling out time for each goal weekly.)

Recently, I came across an opportunity to have even more accountability, for more than one of the things on my Creative Goals list!
I signed up to have a deadline on practicing drawing, painting, pixel art, and a little bit of paying attention to books, by choosing to participate in The 100 Day Project.

 


 

100 Day Project 2020

This year, the 7th Annual 100 Day Project is happening “officially” from April 7th to July 15th. This is my first year participating.

For those who haven’t heard of the 100 Day Project, you can visit the website at
The100DayProject.org for the details and “rules” of this annual project.

The basic idea is this:
Creatives pick a project to do for 100 days, something small that can be done in 5 to 10 minutes, and then do it. Optional extra: posting about their 100 Day Project on Instagram.

There are a lot of personal reasons participants choose the project they do. One popular prompt is “What do you want to get better at?” 100 days in a row of doing the thing you want to improve on is likely to have some effectiveness.

For the purposes of several other projects coming up, the things I need to get better at are:
– drawing people
– making game-sprite-sized pixel art characters

Naturally, my project for this year is going to involve those things.

Because I’m a bookworm as well, I wanted to make this project bookish related by drawing and pixel-art-ing characters from books.
…After some thought (I’m so glad I stopped to think!), I realized doing that whole process for a new character every day would take a lot longer than what the spirit of The 100 Day Project intends, and would be unsustainable.

That’s why I concluded to break the 100 days down into the 15 weeks they spread across, and structure each week like this:
– Monday: decide which character I’ll be focusing on for the week, and find their physical description in their book
– Tuesday: sketch the character on paper
– Wednesday: paint the character (This adds a bit more fun, and gives me a practice run at finding the right colors.)
– Thursday: sketch the character digitally
– Friday: create the “line art” of the character within the confines of a 128×128 pixel document
– Saturday: color and finish the character

Sunday is family day in my household, and has always been. Because I won’t compromise on that, I did not schedule a task for Sunday.
(Good thing the “rules” are loose on this thing.)

And, because The 100 Day Project does not begin on a Monday or end on a Saturday, I’ll have to start a day early and go a few days over the end to fit my project into this modified week-by-week format.
(Good thing the “rules” are loose on this thing.)

Throughout the 15 weeks, I’ll be posting my progress here:
rebeccajoanthony.com/blog/100-day-project-2020

EDIT, Monday April 20th: The webpage I linked to above is having some technical difficulties, so that is not the place to find my daily updates.  I am posting my progress daily in Instagram’s “Stories” instead,  and archiving them on my profile so that previous days will still be available to view.  


 

Because of the layer of external accountability, I would recommend trying The 100 Day Project to anyone who has difficulty staying motivated or focused.

 

If you’re doing a 100 Day Project this year, I hope to see what you’re working on on Instagram!  (Feel free to connect with me, @RebeccaJoAnthony, to tell me about what you’re doing.)

 



 

Right now, I’m less than a week into this project, but I’ve already learned so much!

For example:

Painting a small sketch is harder than I thought it would be!

I’m undecided whether I’ll fix this complication by drawing bigger next week, or keep doing small sketches so I can get better at painting with the tiny brushes.

And then there’s the computer stuff:

You wouldn’t think scaling down the digital sketch to pixel-art size would be the hardest part of the process.  But apparently, it is.
I have very limited experience taking a sketch and turning it into pixel art (usually, I start with a small document and make pixel art from scratch).
Days 1-4 involved pieces I got done in 30 minutes or less.
Today, Day 5, I made the 128×128 pixel art outline, and spent over 90 minutes on it.
I hope I can maintain doing this part every Friday for 15 weeks.

I’m enjoying the process, and I hope I learn and get better as the project continues.

 




 

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