The Secret Key to Keeping up with Your ‘The 100 Day Project’

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It’s been 5 days since I started my The 100 Day Project with ‘100 Things My Bunnies Do‘, and I’m still going! This must be the longest-running project I’ve had, as sad it sounds haha.

I’ve already mentioned this in my last post, but I think the secret key to keeping The 100 Day Project running is to make sure that you don’t spend too much time on it each day. Even if you have the extra time and are tempted to spend longer on your project, just stop at the time limit that you’ve set yourself.

Every time I sit down to work on my daily illustration for 100 Things My Bunnies Do, I set a timer for 30 minutes. I turn it into a little race to complete my illustration within that time. I usually manage to not only get the art done, but also get to schedule or prepare draft posts across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share my art the following morning as well.

Because I’m only spending such a short time on the illustrations each day, I’m not letting myself get burned out and actually look forward to working on my next illustration to get my dopamine hit each day! It’s such a nice feeling to get something consistently done every day, and wondering why I didn’t work this way sooner.

The official The 100 Day Project website advises that you actually work on your project for only 5-10 minutes each day, so maybe 30 minutes is even too much? Either way, my daily practice has been working for me, and I’m really looking forward to sharing another week’s worth of #100thingsmybunniesdo art!

Staying Organised and Productive with Your Creative Work

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My latest #mermay challenge illustration draft

Where did this week go?! I feel like I’ve just blinked and it’s already Sunday night now!

I only managed to squeeze in 1.5 hours of drawing this week for my weekly #mermay draw challenge and the above is what I have so far. This week’s #mermay theme is #treasure, and instead of going for the traditional concept of ‘treasure’ like a chest of gold, diamonds, pearls, etc., I wanted to depict more of my own personal idea of ‘treasure’.

Hopefully, it’s obvious by my illustration, but my version of ‘treasure’ is designer handbags! And being vegan, I’m pretending that all of the designer bags in my illustration are made out of vegan leather.

My lovely mermaid is also modelling some designer lingerie that I came across on net-a-porter.com (I’ll share the designer name in my next post once I hunt it down). I haven’t finished the lingerie drawing yet, but it’ll be decorated with cute little tulles as well.

Although I completely failed to complete my second weekly #mermay drawing on time, I’ve decided not to be too hard on myself. I’ve achieved other tasks that have been sitting on my to-do list too:

  1. Made progress on another #drawthisinyourstyle illustration (see below illustration) – sometimes I need to switch my task/illustration to give my brain a break, so I’ve been chipping away at this one whenever I needed a context switch.
  2. Uploaded Jackie’s In My Soap Pot logo illustration onto Society6 – you can check out the collection with her cute little bunnies, and check out Jackie’s In My Soap Pot where you can learn to make your own awesome soap.
  3. Started uploading my last #mermay amabie illustration as printed products for my website (see mock below, and thank you Jackie once again for your wonderful idea!) – I’ll do another announcement as soon as they’re ready, so watch this space!
Another #drawthisinyourstyle challenge illustration in progress
Upcoming printed collection of my latest #mermay illustration ‘Space Amabie’

Something that’s been working really well for me in the past couple of weeks has been reviving my old Trello board. I use Trello to keep a kanban board and track all my tasks for Tina Park Studio. It helps me to capture all my to-dos and idea in one place, focus on the most important task, and there’s nothing more satisfactory than moving a card to the ‘Done’ column (and getting that dopamine hit!).

If you’ve been struggling with too many ideas/tasks for your creative work, and not sure where to start or how to get organised, I highly recommend starting your own kanban board on Trello as well.

That’s all from me, and I hope that we all have a lovely, productive week!