My prime number plan

As you may have read in our about page, Zeynep and I are embarking on a prime number challenge.  This post and my prime number plan are day 1 of my challenge!

I left my job a month and a half ago with the intention of working on a bunch of personal projects.  When I first left, it was amazing.  I had time to dive into projects (we had just moved, so I painted two walls, rearranged, and hung up a bunch of pictures), I started taking an art class, I went to a two day design conference.  It was great.

Then I had a whirlwind visit from my relatives.  They were in town for a week and it was full on host mode.  After they left, I had trouble recapturing the energy of those first two weeks of freedom.  I felt deflated (it had been a month since I quit my job…but what did I have to show for it?) and I wasn’t really sure which project I wanted to pursue.

I felt paralyzed by the tyranny of choice.  There was so much I wanted to do and I didn’t know what to start.  I ended up spending a few hours on one project, then jumping to the next.  However, switching gears like this is hard and I ended up accomplishing nothing.  This made me feel more deflated and I ended up spinning my wheels and getting more and more discouraged for two weeks.

That’s when Zeynep and I came up with the idea for this blog.

I knew I needed to focus. I needed to pick one thing and stick to it in order to start seeing results.  Then, those small wins would get me excited and lead to ever larger results.  I know intellectually that’s how this is supposed to work, but going from 0 to 1 is the hardest part.  Once the wheels are in motion, you have momentum on your side.  It’s getting started that’s tough.

So here goes.  This is our shot at getting us from 0 to 1!  I’ve thought about what I want to do, and I know that this will change with time, but here’s how I see my prime number challenge going:


  • 1 : write blog post and plan my prime number challenge <– done!  Winning already 😀
  • 2 :  work on furniture
  • 3 : a robot-a-day
  • 5 : finish
  • 7 : 7 days of Ikea salad bowls (I’ll explain all these in later posts…haha)
  • 11 :  11 days of robots!
  • 13 : a Python project per day (for unlucky #13!)
  • 17 : 17 days of Ikea-robot mashup hacks
  • 19 : instructable-a-day
  • 23 : …
  • 29 : …
  • 31 : …

Ok…soooo….that was hard.  I ran out of ideas of what to do.  Hopefully what I do in the front half of the challenge will inform the second half.

I’ve been sorta working on robots (learning arduino), sorta working on coding, and sorta working on hacking Ikea furniture (original intention was this could become a side gig since being unemployed is not great for the bank account…).

I’m hoping this challenge will get me to focus on a series of short sprints to get projects going, and then I’ll see which ones I want to keep pursuing, and which I should drop.

Thanks for reading…more to come tomorrow!


1 thought on “My prime number plan”

  1. I am so excited for all of your Prime Number goals! Can’t wait to see the robots! I also like your approach of doing x many days “of” something – I think that’s a great way to try and see how you enjoy doing those activities. And you’re totally right that the time limit is psychological – eeek! We got this! 🙂


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