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I'm not what you would call a motivated person. This, naturally, made me a perfect fit for journalism. Like so many other writers, it's only the fear of irate and red-faced editors yelling in my face that gets my butt moving.

So the fact that I am almost done with my 365 Project (a photo project in which you take one photo a day for a year as a sort of visual diary) is downright astounding. I started on Jan. 20 of this year and have yet to abandon the project (naturally, of course, I have fallen behind from time to time...for instance, I still haven't posted my photos from over the Christmas weekend...but always managed to catch back up).

So with this project wrapping up, I find myself in search of a new project for 2011. Lazy or not, I loved having to do something creative every day that wasn't work related. As such, I'm inspired to do it again, especially after working on a story about Tess Yarbrough, a 20-year-old Victoria resident who has done a daily video blog (re: vlog) since the beginning of this year (which you can read all about in this week's Get Out's that for shameless self-promotion, eh?).

Luckily, the whole "do one thing every day for a year" thing has really caught on out there on the Internets, so there is no shortage of ideas.

For instance, the website has come up with a list of year-long daily projects. And so, in addition to the 365 Project and a daily vlog, you could also try:

Write a novel by writing a page or two (or make your own daily word/page count) a day. By Dec. 31 of next year, you could have a 365 page book.

A different take on the 365 Project is to take a photo of yourself, in the same position and place every day for a year.

Write one poem or haiku a day.

Keep a daily journal.

Or, in the pay-it-forward tradition, do one good deed a day.

As for me, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. But chances are good I still won't know by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will then freak out and pick the first thing that comes to mind (re: learn one new dirty word a day for year!).