Yesterday I posted about The Escape Plan, a 40 day participative plan to help you bust out of your rut.
The task in yesterday's post was to learn something new. The time limit was thirty minutes.
I loved that twist. Limiting the task to thirty minutes meant it was doable. It was a taste of something fun in a time frame that kept it from taking over the day. The limited time also meant there was no possibility to fall prey to the pressures of "perfecting the skill."
That got me thinking about how much potential there is to incorporate new experiences and new activities into our lives in small doses. If, rather than feeling the need to commit to a fixing a five course meal for twenty people, we give ourselves permission to just enjoy a bite sized morsel, the range of possibilities is enormous.
Think of it as The 30 Minute University. Go to it at least once a week. More often if you can. Learn to do something bite-sized and new.
Start out by making a list of things you think would be fun to experiment with. Limit it to things you can do (imperfectly!) in 30 minutes. On The Escape Plan, Kim played with tap dancing and Jason learned a magic trick. Maybe you could learn how to do origami with a dollar bill, or get some kid's paint and spend the time exploring how the colors combine. Finger painting is always a favorite, of course, but I'm probably just projecting there. ;-)
You might even want to schedule a regular slot in your calendar so you are sure to get it in.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM