Lately, I've been writing out quite a few private lists. They've been personal thoughts, or thoughts I've shared with my wife, or just personal / occupational productivity lists for the following day that don't need to be shared with everyone on the internet. All that to say, I've very much enjoyed being a part of this challenge, and here are some reasons why...
- I actually have been more productive.
- The lists have given Brandi and I fun things to talk about.
- I've learned a lot about Brandi, because she's also participating in the lists, and even though she's a mind reader, I'm not, and it's cool to get to read some things about her, or about her values, that simply wouldn't have come out unless she was a part of this challenge, as well. Maybe some people think that's weird - like I don't know my wife. I would disagree. I just think that - for whomever it may be - writing out your thoughts has a way of revealing things that would go unexplored or unspoken were it not for the thought that goes into creating the sentence that expresses it. Writing a thing is quite different than speaking it.
- I've gotten some funny emails from Craig. Like about how he's not the Monitor of this competition, even though he created it. (I'll probably get in trouble for this point, but last week, I was legitimately scared to interact with the guy.)
- Our lists are creating conversation. Nearly every day, someone - family, friends, people in our church, LTP followers, whatever - asks about our lists. Why? What do they mean? Can you elaborate? "The Tens" have lead to quite the conversation surrounding a number of topics from why my wife doesn't like hugging people, to why Kanye West is on my top album covers list.
- The challenge has encouraged other people to participate. For example, I'm currently involved in a fun series of conversations called "Headspacey", and we're all creating an "Idea Machine" list for the why behind the dialogue.
- Ten A Day has challenged my creativity. It's not easy to come up with ten ideas for the day - let alone ten good ideas. Some of the point of creating daily is having the freedom to explore stupid ideas, but of course, you always want them to be good. I've started to consider what it means to elaborate on ideas I've already had by creating subsets that make lofty goals more manageable.
- They're funny. I've had some obnoxious lists, y'all.
- I enjoy the competition. I realized this last night, when I almost forgot to get my list in for the day. I don't consider myself a competitive person by any stretch of the imagination, but Brandi would've wrung my neck if I'd have forgotten, and it's fun to play along.
- The potential is worth it. If James Altucher is right in his blog, then becoming an "Idea Machine" - however cheesy or ridiculous it sounds (no matter how long it takes - be it six months or two years), I like the idea. I don't know if I'm an entrepreneur, but I feel like I'd like to be. I have a lot of ideas. They're overwhelming and I never really get to them. If by some ridiculous amount of discipline (or miracle) simply thinking smarter is a result of this undertaking, I'm on board, and only forgetfulness is going to take me out of the challenge (if so, I'll lose 100 bucks and keep writings lists, anyway).
Some of you have been following this challenge for over 40 days now. Have any of you started your own Idea Machine lists? Why? Why not?