Last year in the midst of drawing every single day, I discovered that I really love weekly projects. I mean, a daily project is pretty fun but it is very challenging. A weekly project is doable for anyone. I like that it allows you to have multiple projects going without feeling too overwhelmed. I have a few approaches to weekly projects.
One approach is to do the project on a certain day of the week. My Fursday project works this way. Every Thursday, I paint a rescue dog. I write the post and tell the story of the dog. One nice thing about this set up is since I'm painting dogs, it can take the place of my daily painting. It doesn't really add anything to my existing to do list.
Another approach is to work on the project throughout the week and then share on a specific day. My 52 portrait project/life through my lens posts work this way. I take photos throughout the week. On Monday, I edit and share them. This is a really great approach because you can work on the project whenever you have time. I have to be careful with this method though. It's easy to slip up and find that I haven't been taking photos during the week. Then I find myself trying to do it all on Sunday or Monday which does not usually make my favorite photos.
I have another, looser approach that I use with my fifty reads project. Fifty books in a year works out to be almost one per week. I use that as a gauge of my progress but I don't worry about reading one book a week. Some weeks I read more than one book, other weeks I don't read at all. I post here on the blog when I finish one or two books. There's no set schedule and I only use the weeks to help me keep track of how I'm doing.
One suggestion for weekly projects is to choose the day wisely. Of course I chose Thursday for Fursdays. For that project, it didn't matter which day because it is taking the place of my daily painting. For the photography project, my choice of Monday's was very carefully planned. I didn't want to add a bunch to my to do list on any particular day. I chose Monday's because I knew the photography post would be mostly photos and very few words. That works well for me on Monday's because that's the day that I write my newsletter. It's difficult for me to write both the newsletter and a blog post in the same day. So in this case, the weekly project actually helps me. Last year I chose Sunday as the day for my presidents project. Sunday is a day that we are usually home all day in the winter. I knew I had extra drawing time on those days. Take time to think about what day works best for your particular weekly project.
I also like the to vary the ending of the project. Maybe it's over when you complete so many of them, like drawing all the presidents or reading fifty books. Maybe it's not over till the end of the year. Maybe it's much shorter, like I'm painting large every Sunday this month. This way projects end at various times and new projects are always beginning. That keeps me interested! Maybe you've noticed, I have a short attention span.
Warning! Projects beget projects, especially weekly ones. I mean there's seven days in a week, so how about seven weekly projects? How fun would that be? Weekly projects are great for doing a series on your blog. They work well anytime there's something you want to try or a hobby you want to get back into. Can ya tell I'm a big fan of the weekly project?
Here's some ideas I have for future weekly projects
- Springfield Gems - visit and photograph all the local places that Springfield is known for. This would likely include lots of food! Things like Leong's cashew chicken, Andy's frozen custard, Casper's, Bass Pro Shop, etc.
- start scrapbooking again - Several years ago, I scrapbooked a lot. Then I got frustrated with all the 'stuff' of scrapbooking. I'd like to get back into it but in a more minimal, 'me' way.
- sketchbook - I miss drawing. I worry that I'm losing the drawing skills that I spent all last year developing. I'd like to get back to keeping a sketchbook.
- embroidery - I did one embroidery project last year and it was so much fun! I said I'd do it again and I haven't! That would make a great weekly project.
Will be starting a weekly creative project? Or maybe several of them? (guilty!)