Are you ready to DO Summer?

Next to relationships, skills are the most important thing you can have when it comes to chasing a dream. Whether you want to write a book, start a business, like your current job more, or turn a hobby into a job, you need skills. That’s why 25% of my new book Do Over is dedicated to helping build your skills.

The challenge though is that skills get sharp slowly and dull quickly.

Not this summer though.

We’re going to work on our skills together. We’re not just going to talk. We’re going to do. We’re not just going to dream. We’re going to do. We’re not just going to wish. We’re going to do.

DO Summer is simple.

1. Pick one skill you want to work on.
It can be a completely new skill or something you used to love that fell behind in the busyness of life. It can be career related like working on your resume or life related like jogging for better health. (I’m picking writing for mine because I didn’t write for a solid month and could feel that skill getting rusty.)

2. Work on the skill for 1,500 minutes this summer in easy 15-minute segments. dosummertease
I’ve created a free worksheet that helps you track time in 15-minute chunks. Each time you knock out 15 minutes, color in one of the boxes on the sheet.

3. Read the quick, weekly skill tip I email you each Monday from Do Over.
You’ll get 60 seconds of I dare you to be awesome content for the next 12 weeks.

4. Share your results each Monday morning online with #DOSummer2015
I’ve been blown away by how motivating a little visibility is when I use my Fitbit step tracker with friends from the Internet. You’ll be surprised how encouraging having other people cheer you on is. As part of DO Summer, you’ll also get invited to the exclusive, private 30 Days of Hustle Facebook group for wildly fun accountability.

That’s it. At the end of the summer, if you spend 1,500 minutes on your DO, you will have invested 25 hours in a skill. There’s no telling what positive habits, life changing opportunities and unexpected adventures you can stir up by doing something so simple.

You ready to DO Summer?

You ready to make a small investment in your big dream?

I am.

8/22/2015 UPDATE: DO Summer was a ton of fun, but being that the summer is over, we’ve closed this campaign. If you want us to let you know the next time we do something like this, and you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter to receive all my new ideas via email, sign up here!

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Jon Acuff
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  1. Tom


    Thanks so much for continuing to be an inspiration in my life. This is awesome. It will be hard to choose between writing and learning to podcast.

  2. Janine Boutelje

    Thanks a lot for the Do Summer challenge. I’m looking forward to the 15 min a day writing challenge and see where it gets me with my book. And I’ll encourage my Creative Writing group to join in. Thanks again as just the motivation we need.

  3. Ron England

    Let’s do this!

  4. Elana Essers

    i love to sew, but don’t give myself the chance. My sewing table is a mess and I now find I avoid it. Ready to make a change!

  5. Wow…what perfect timing!!! I just started a massive hustle at creating better approaches to food and eating. I did this yesterday. Listening to health podcasts and researching great recipes. Now this! I’ve signed up and I’m all in. I am 44 and have really unhealthy eating habits. That needs to change. I have 60 lbs to loose, but I want to keep it off. Thanks, Jon.

  6. You’d think that after 8 years of traveling extensively in Latin America, I’d speak Spanish. But no. At best I sound like the clumsy proposal scene in Love Actually. Most of the time, I’m just great for a laugh. So SPANISH it is.

    And thanks for the groovy sheets of checkboxes – that’s perfect for a girl like me who needs to mark things off a list to feel she’s done something.

    Thanks, Jon, for continuing to encourage.

  7. Love the idea of working in 15 minute increments. I started this practice of doing things in 15 minute chunks a few years ago and have seen lots of success. It works with everything from skill building to housework and even with homeschooling my kids. Great tips!

  8. Cathy Curtis

    Perfect timing! There are several areas that I need to be challenged in so I am going to have to narrow down and work hard. My first challenge being which one I want to tackle first. This will give me the inspiration and hold me accountable for moving forward. Looking forward to it.

  9. Definitely helps to actually DO the practice required to get skills sharpened! Good call. Nice little worksheet, too. It really pays to have something to cross off. Sometimes that can mean the difference between actually trying and putting it off “until tomorrow.”

    Of course the trick is when you miss one (and hey, life happens) to not let it totally derail things.

  10. I have goals for my kids for this summer but not for myself. Thank you for the great idea!!

  11. Marc Cowart

    A great idea and simple way to develop skills and disciplines!

    Also, this is a textbook example of how to run an effective social media campaign. Very impressed with the integration across SM platforms (I first saw it on Periscope), data capture and cross promotion.