It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. This level of dedication represents a lifetime’s worth of work. In fact, that amount of time is so out of reach most of us choose to master nothing at all. How can you choose when there is just so much in the world? Yet if you flit around from one skill to another, you’ll never become proficient at anything.
What if we only spend 100 hours though? Is 100 hours enough to become proficient at anything?
This experiment is designed to find out. In essence, I want to see if learning a sample sized portion of a skill has any benefits, and if 100 hours is enough to cause lasting self improvement. I will share with you what training techniques I chose, and what I learned during the process. I will also include updates down the road on if I kept up on any skills, or if they fizzle out along with the project.
The rules of the project:
Hours logged have to be hours where I’m actually striving to improve. If I’m going through the motions but not actively trying to improve then it isn’t going towards the count. (The first project, nearing completion now, was cleaning. Thus why I made the rule about actively striving to be better.)
If I can’t be bothered to track time spent on a subject, it doesn’t count towards time spent either, and usually means I’m not really trying anyway.
Because I am a busy mother, the days don’t have to be consecutive as long as I’m fairly consistent. To ensure each project gets the time and attention it deserves, I don’t work on any other 100 hour projects until after the current project is complete. I will provide some data on how long I spent so you can get a feeling for what the gaps were.
Our first project was cleaning, but I plan to do a variety of different skills. Future projects include learning a foreign language, video editing and physical fitness. If you have an idea for a project you would like to see in the future, feel free to leave me a comment below.