Put in 100 hours...

A creative habit is supposed to ignite the sparks of creativity, and also to make you feel calm in the fast-paced world. So try doing a creative habit for 100 hours before hopping to the next one.

Put in 100 hours...
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Rising to fame or the top overnight is wonderful. But Rising to the top gradually over a period of time, with a place to view your journey is more meaningful to me.

And that takes time.

Today's is all about how instant fame is not the way to go when building creative habits but how the opposite structure is best suited to the end-goal of mine and possibly to all people looking to build creative habits into their routines.

Most people start their creative journey and instantly think of fostering a community and making money off it. But, that is not the case for every creator. Sure some creators do show the path mentioned above, but that is only because they might have done this 1000 times differently until finding the right one.

The problem is we view success as a stop to get down and settle and not as a stop to relax and get back on the journey. In order for us to build creative habits, we need to make sure that this line is always the first rule.

Creativity is a journey with no destination. Enjoying the journey is the only way to be truly satisfied with the habits and also bring that peace and serene state in different aspects of life.

Why the 100-hours rule?

In the ever-changing algorithmic social presence, we are always told to be relevant, and to be relevant means to be following the herd. It's not wrong.

It is just not the right way for building creative habits to bring peace and spark creativity.

If you keep running behind all the trends on social media, here are a few things I thought were impossible to achieve:

  1. To find your style:
    Everyone has their unique way of telling their story and crafting ideas. By following the same trend, you are forcing yourself unconsciously to be the same as others. Although, it may seem as if it is just imitating others and no harm is done.
  2. Finding peace while doing the creative habit:
    The only reason I started writing about building creative habits is because of the amount of peace and creativity it can bring to other parts of life.
    Sure, your job may not allow you to have the time or you personally can feel this is the only way but this way actually saves you from hours of mindless scrolling and increase your capacity to think on one particular thing.
  3. Building something meaningful:
    This is for me personally, I never had the sense of satisfaction I was looking for while writing curated feed newsletters but ever since writing about building creative habits – I have been thrilled when a new idea strikes, or when I publish or create social media posts for it.

Also, in order for you to improve on something you need to work on something for at least 100 hours before stopping it. Since you are choosing your creative habits the things you love. It won't be an issue.

What's the 100 hours Rule?

This is a simple rule of mine for building creative habits.

You start a habit by choosing something you love. You get interested and start to push yourself. Over a period of time, you will start to do things so fast that you will only be thinking about it. But soon enough, the interest fades away.

To avoid this, I like to think of this experiment as the 100-hour creative run. It is every hour for 100 days, try building that creative habits and if you feel like this process is boring right until day 100th – stop and start building a new creative habit.


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Is it necessary to do it for 100 hours?

Absolutely not. You can define your hours yourself, but 3 months (10 days less) is a good time frame to decide if a creative habit is interesting to you or not.

Also, the majority of the reason is because of how fast we are moving to things once they seem slow or not so interesting. It will be an entire post on why relevance is not the way to build creative habits. For now, the 100-hour rule is not a compulsion but a good benchmark.

I liked the idea of writing and it is only when I decided to write about something every day for 50 days straight and then followed up by publishing a curation newsletter for a year that I fell in love with writing.

So, yes. It takes time to build and you need to give the time it deserves. After all, we are pursuing creative habits only to bring creativity into our lives and to slow down in this fast-paced world.


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