100 Days

Every year beginning on January 1st I ask my studio to begin a 100 day contest.  During this contest students must remember to practice each and every day without missing a single one.

Hard?

For some.  But, you’d be surprised at the number of winners I have each year.  The first year was a test to see who could actually do it, and of the 30 students I challenged I had 2 winners.  I gave them each a colored CD players. Yah, cool.

Guess what happened the second year I started the same 100 day practice challenge? Well, I’ll tell you. I had 13 winners!  Wow. 13 of the students who took flute lessons from me didn’t miss a single day of practice for 100 days. And, I had to fork out a lot of prize money. But, I didn’t mind at all because these students all became super stars in the area of flute.

True story.

My husband even did it one year (learned the harmonica!).  I always offer an awesome prize, and a celebration of the accomplishment.

What can you accomplish in 100 days?  A Ton!100 days

Look at it this way.  If a certain student practices 3 days a week for a whole year that would add up to about 168 days.  With 197 days not practiced. (boo)

During this contest students must remember to practice each and every day without missing a single one.

While it is totally possible to have learned some great things during those 168 days, there were so many “off” days in between that the skills being learned would have to be re-learned over and over during those good days.

With 100 in a row, skills can be built on rather than forgotten and re-learned over and over.  It’s a pretty simple equation.

100 days in a row = Much quicker mastering of skills

100 days over a period of 300 days = Hard remembering and skill loss

 

…. just sayin’.

 

Did you make the 100 days? Leave a comment below I would love to know.

Rebecca Fuller Flute TeacherRebecca Fuller

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Neil du Plessis

    Reply Reply February 23, 2014

    100 days… You’re on!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      We are in the thick of the 100 days here in my home studio. I have dozens of flutists still in on Day 55. 🙂 Rebecca

  • Jen G

    Reply Reply August 1, 2014

    OK Rebecca, I’m in on 1st August, with the 3 Ps behind me 🙂

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 4, 2014

      AWESOME. Who is joining you?! ~ Rebecca

  • Anne Randeberg

    Reply Reply July 24, 2015

    I’m on day 41! Anyone else practicing flute this summer? 🙂 I need to make a plan on what goals I have, for now I’m just practicing by my self and I do not know what the next step should be.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply July 28, 2015

      In my studio here we always start our official 100 days on January 1. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t do another challenge starting right now. 🙂 Let’s go for it!

      • Anne Randeberg

        Reply Reply August 3, 2015

        Hehe ok. I’m just so new and eager to practice so I found out a challenge like this, I can manage quite well. On day 51 now 😀

        • RebeccaFuller

          Reply Reply August 4, 2015

          Oh day 51 is FABULOUS!!! You’re going to definitely make it. You can help be in charge of motivation next time we start the challenge.

          • Anne Randeberg

            September 30, 2015

            I’ve reached day number 100! I’m so HAPPY 😀 Looking forward to the next 100 days

          • RebeccaFuller

            October 9, 2015

            Oh Anne, really?! I am totally sending you a congratulations. You deserve it. Let me know when you finish your next 100. Pat yourself on the back, and then bask in the new skills you have made habit. You’re going to be fabulous! ~Rebecca

  • Madelaine Lee

    Reply Reply October 2, 2018

    Im in! I’ll be done on January 8, 2018. I’m memorizing “Go tell Aunt Rhody” right now, so we will see what I’ve learned in the 100 days then!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply October 4, 2018

      Wahoo! Madelaine- after 100 days,.. you’ll know so much! ~Rebecca

  • Madelaine Lee

    Reply Reply November 9, 2018

    I will be 40 days into my 100 days! It is flying by and I already sound sooo much better. I just finished module 19 and can play flute one or two on greensleeves no problem 🙂

    • Madelaine Lee

      Reply Reply November 14, 2018

      As of day 42 I got no practice in! The day was long and hectic. But still- I made it to 42, woohoo! Im just now on Module 20 and learning the Ash Grove. Thats a long way from “Go tell Aunt Rhody!” Obviously I’ll keep trying to play every day and will start the challenge fresh on the New Year with you all!

      • RebeccaFuller

        Reply Reply November 14, 2018

        Super, Madelaine! You’re moving right along.. goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to something. Congratulations!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 15, 2018

      Sooooooooooo great, Madelaine! It works!!

  • Madelaine Lee

    Reply Reply January 1, 2019

    Okay I’m starting my 100 days of flute “Log” Day one I am struggling to play Silent Night on module 23 ^.^

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 2, 2019

      Hey Madalaine, I”m glad you’ve taken the challenge. You’ll see so so much improvement in 100 days. Remember not to focus on the little ‘struggle’ moments.. over time you’ll show big rewards. Big. BIG. 🙂 ~Rebecca

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