40 Days of Challenges

The journal of Niels Kijf

Creative Runs and personal notes. February 3rd, 2017

What I wrote down during my creative run today.

Hi. I am Niels. I am doing 40 Days of Challenges. I hope this will set my compass for the rest of this year. Pursuing once passion is sometimes harder than one likes to admit. This are my notes during my journey in challenges. I am trying to find a relation between my concepts. The answer is probably between the lines.

Self-motivation
My self motivation is more than ok. Although I try to find a relation between all my ideas/concepts. This week (2 of 8) all of a sudden I wanted to focus and create DigitalProductDesign.co. Why I don’t know, yet.
This threw my intention to do a week sprint on my e-book to the dust bin. Will pick it up next week. Full focus.

Autodidact
One of my strong suits is that I am autodidact. This is very nice, but sometimes is blocks me from asking for help.

Self-improvement
I am always trying to improve myself. This challenge mostly revolves around caging my creativity and focus on a single tasks. I am 10 days in, and feel I am getting the hang of it. Let’s see what happen if I truly focus on the Design Principles ebook next week (Week 3).

10 Days in (30 To Go)
I still need to reach out to people and start involving people. I think things will start moving if the first iteration of my Ebook:”Design principles for Digital Product Designers” is out there.

3 Liters of water a day (100 fl.oz.)
Trying to drink 3 liters of water a day. My high-score is 75fl.oz, but I am getting there. Lost 1.5kg (3.3 lb.) last 10 days. Not minding my food much, so that’s really interesting.

Structure
Need to structure my days better. But things will tune if I focus one subject a day.

WHAT PLATFORM IS FOR WHAT?
The realtime youtube studio is for my WOLV format.
My vlog is an edit.

WOLV (WORK OUT LOUD VIDEOS) EXAMPLE:
Professional Voice-over tricks applied to your youtube videos.
Get that movie voice-over you always wanted! Ok, perhaps using it in moderation is better, but that’s up to you.

CARD / LIFE WISDOM
You only regret what you didn’t do in life.

You only regret what you didn't do in life.

You only regret what you didn’t do in life.

VEGAS PRO
Sony sold vegas pro, could be really interesting to redesign the UI. Note to self: You have your work already cut out for you 😉

DO UX ART DIRECTION FOR A MOVIE WITH A THEME IN THE DIRECTION OF THE FUTURE OF WORK.
Something for the future.

APPLY HYVE SYSTEM TO SLACK
Sign up for the mailinglist if you want to learn more. Should be in the footer by know.

ASSUMPTION OR INSIGHT
My brain is a concept machine. I have to empty it before I start to produce stuff. Seems I can focus better if I empty it out.

QUESTIONS FOR WHEN I AM WORKING OUTSIDE MY STUDIO
May I ask what you do?
Do you know of any other spaces where you can work for a cup of coffee or 2?

MORNING RITUALS?
Why do Chinese spit so much? Often when I run in the park, I see Chinese people, and they are spiting all the time.

COLLECT EXPERIENCES, NOT STUFF
Even when you buy expensive stuff, the joy and excitement doesn’t last. Collect experiences instead. I remember most of my travels, but thinking about the stuff I bought in the past, doesn’t excite me know.

CARD / LIFE WISDOM
If you keep doing what you are doing today. Will you succeed in life?

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