Video: Do a 24-Hour “Boot Camp.”

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — this month’s theme is Boot Camp. Last week’s theme was Do something every day. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Do a 24-hour boot camp.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Put yourself in creativity boot camp.
How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions — 12 tips.
A surefire way to make yourself happier.

Have you ever tried to blast through a challenging task with twenty-four hours of intense focus? (Or some version of that.) Did it help?

We’re nearing the end of the Happiness 2010 Challenge! Hard to believe. You can continue — or join in — for the Happiness 2011 Challenge.

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  • Ris

    I love this idea! I’ve actually taken a day off work a few times to tackle errands, or a big task, and it’s very freeing to realize you have the whole day, without the distractions of friends, spouses, or kids, to accomplish your goal. Great suggestion!

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m glad to hear that this approach has worked for you, too.

  • Oh, I SO need to do this! I am putting off the next major step in a project because it is pretty intense and I just need to set aside a whole day and DO IT! I won’t be able to complete it, but if I am working focused for a whole day on JUST THIS PROJECT, I will create enough momentum to propel me forward!
    Thanks Gretchen!

  • Peninith1

    I love this idea and plan to execute it . . . in the New Year. I was feeling a bit daunted by the pressure to ‘do it now’ because of what I thought was an unkept promise to sew six aprons by Monday for a freind’s Christmas giving . . . but when I called her to check sizes, she had FORGOTTEN her request!!!! So I can schedule an apron boot camp for next year and incorporate practice on my new and yet-unsused serger sewing machine. AWESOME! I do think that the idea of choosing to crash on something that you really want to learn and do in a big swoop is a GREAT idea. I’ll let you know how those aprons turn out in 2011!!

    • gretchenrubin

      I like using the term “crash.” It sounds active and exciting — like pulling
      an all-nighter in college (which I never did, sleep nut that I am). What’s
      the word in architecture? — I just remembered it! Charrette — “intense
      period of design activity.” A “crash” or a “charrette” sounds, perhaps, like
      more fun than “boot camp.”

      Not sure how to use it in a sentence — anyone?