For a while now, I've been toying with ideas about how to make a habit of doing things that are not routine and that I'm afraid of (and thus, gradually increasing my "comfort zone" and decreasing my tendency to be afraid of non-routine tasks).
What I've come up with is to start a kind of game in this thread (and I hope I don't violate any PA rules or step on anyone's toes with this – please tell me if I do!):
The Daily Dare
- Every day, someone can post a dare in this thread.
- It's up to the individual readers to accept it or not.
- Whoever accepts it and succeeds can tell it to the world here. (Of course, you don’t have to, and you can also post any other form of comments, and no one will check if you really did it, etc. etc….)
About the dare:
It can be anything, there shouldn’t be too many rules about it. After all, a dare should be something you are unprepared for. Of course, things related to common procrastination issues come to mind and are most welcome – like “Spend an hour on your tax return!” or “Throw away three things that are not part of your everyday garbage!” or “Go jogging for at least a quarter of an hour!” or “Clear half of your desk!” or the like. But it can also be a common dare, like singing a song in a public place. Or a combination of both if you can think of any. If it turns out to be something really dangerous, rude, stupid, or illegal, it’s up to the readers to recognize that and just not do it.
About posting a dare:
Anyone can post dares. The first suggestion for the day counts. If you are really unhappy with the suggestion and think there should be an alternative, post a second dare. (Or a third.)
If nobody posts a dare, well, then there isn’t one for the day.
If that happens all the time, the thread will automatically go to sleep.
If, on the other hand, it turns out there is a huuuuuge interest in this and one thread gets too small for all the daily dares and “mission accomplished”-comments and discussions and whatnot, changes about what goes where can be made in the future. This is the trial phase.
Dares don't necessarily have to be posted on the day they are for. Especially if they can only be done in the morning (e.g. "I dare you to get up 1h earlier than normally!"), or if they need preparations, or are something lasting longer than 1 day (e.g. "I bet you can't do X every day for the next 3 days!"), it makes sense to post them on the day before, or even earlier. Of course, that lessens the element of surprise - of being unprepared for the task. So just use your own judgement - as always!
I don’t know if anyone other than me will be interested in this, or if any of this even makes sense. I’ll just try it now. Have fun!