DO-A-THON: a week of intentional living

A couple of years ago, I read an article about a “Do-A-Thon”. You take one week (or more, if you need it) to do stuff that you would usually procrastinate. And I thought this sounded great. Because it forces you to get your shit together. I know that you can just do these things at any given moment. But for me, it helps when I have a certain period in which I get everything done.

As far as I know, this “Do-A-Thon” happened only once. The creator never mentioned it again. But I still like the idea. And while it’s even more motivating and fun to do it with a big group of people, it’s not a necessity.

At the end of February (from the 25th of February until the 1st of March to be more precise), I am going to participate in my own do-a-thon. This is the week after my host kids’ half-term is over. Which means that I’ll be falling behind with stuff.

It’s still a few weeks away, but that will give me enough time to make a list of all the things I want to get done during that week. I’m also going to think about the different challenges and whether I’m going to be doing them.

Challenges for the Do-A-Thon

  • Do one thing that scares you or do something that challenges the story you tell yourself.
  • Complete a project (creative or otherwise) that you’ve been putting off.
  • Do something that involves someone else or do something for someone else.
  • Learn something new.
  • Do something to foster a calm or welcoming environment.

Remember, these challenges are guidelines. You do not have to complete these challenges or even consider them if you want to participate in the Do-A-Thon.

You can find the original blog post on the Do-A-Thon on www.molliereads.com.

If any of you would like to participate in the do-a-thon with me, let me know in the comments below!

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18 Comments

  1. Lisa Rios
    22 January 2019 / 10:11 pm

    To do is better than to say you’ll do something. Stepping out of the comfort zone scares me to death sometimes, but when I do it anyways, I can look back and say “whoa, I did that!”

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      23 January 2019 / 9:02 am

      And being able to say you did something even though it scared you is the best feeling ever!

  2. Natasha
    21 January 2019 / 4:55 pm

    Just this week I did something I’ve been putting off for years because I was too nervous to do it. Successfully completed my first video to post on my page this weekend!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:41 pm

      Well done! That’s really great 🙂

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Good luck! You can do it 🙂

  3. 20 January 2019 / 11:28 am

    This is much needed for me, I had lots of pending work to be done and I’m going to give my 100% and try to compete my work within the given time. Your blog is just like a motivation for me. Thanks for sharing this.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:40 pm

      I’m so happy that you find this motivational!

  4. Christa
    20 January 2019 / 6:52 am

    I love the idea of a do-a-thon! I’ll have to brainstorm ideas but I’d love to participate. 😀

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Amazing! Let me know how you get on and what you are going to do! 🙂

  5. 19 January 2019 / 6:19 pm

    complete a project is the hardest one for me – but I’ll take the challenge!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:39 pm

      It doesn’t have to be a big project! It can even be something like clearing out your closet!

  6. 19 January 2019 / 11:54 am

    This would totally motivate me. I have so many unfinished projects indoors that have been sitting waiting to be finished. I think I will have to imply a do-a-thon!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Yes, amazing! Let me know how you get on!

  7. Nate
    18 January 2019 / 11:56 pm

    Nice, i love that. I should implement this strategy right now because I am in the process of completing a project and I’m doing little by little but I am dragging my feet!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:38 pm

      I can definitely relate! If there’s no set deadline for something, I just don’t do it.

  8. 18 January 2019 / 2:56 pm

    I think the Do-A-Thon is a great idea, it sounds like an amazing way to grow as a person. I especially like the one that says, Do something that scares you.” I know for myself I used to shy away from doing things that scared me, but I’ve learned if I want to be a better and more well-rounded person. I have to do things that make me uncomfortable. This is a great post, thank you for sharing! I’m all wishing you all the best on your Do-A-thon!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      Author
      21 January 2019 / 8:37 pm

      It’s so scary to do things that make us uncomfortable. I hate doing them. But you’re absolutely right – they make you a better person and are worth it in the end!

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