## Step 4. Get A Flickr Pro Account

It's not impossible to do a Project365 without a Flickr Pro account... but having one makes things much easier. Upgrading (just \$24.95 for an entire year) means your monthly bandwidth limits are removed, you can access your original files at full size, and most importantly: you get full statistics on all of your photos.

The first two are handy, but the stats are really useful. In particular, stats let you gauge your own success rate without anyone else needing to tell you. You can see which of your shots got a lot of attention and which got none at all. This might be overly simple but it's really useful for progressing as a photographer.

## Step 5. Don't Kill Yourself With Rules

Everyone is different and imposing a such a long-term project on yourself is a big deal. If you want to see it through to the end then the best thing to do is to make sure that the project suits you. I work for myself from home and I pretty much never get to bed before 2am. For that reason I now do my 365 according to my sleep cycle, not to the clock. As long as I'm awake - then it still counts.

Don't be afraid to make small changes to fit the project better to you.

Credits: Hand-holding photo by Ashley Baxter and Rick Nunn for their Project50, Car lighting photo by Ricky Flores, self-beating photo by me, John O'Nolan.