Years ago, in one of my first photography classes, I was given a photo assignment called "In My Room". It was a simple project: lock myself in my bedroom for four hours with nothing buy my camera. The exercise was designed to reinforce the concept that there is great beauty to be found in the familiar and mundane. Becoming numb to the trappings around us is a snare we slip into quietly; refreshing our perspective will often re-sensitize us to our surroundings. No matter the location, there are always good photographs available to be made if we open our eyes, or sometimes if we just turn around.
This project, which I call "Out the Window", is modeled after the "In My Room" assignment. (New Year's resolutions are a dangerous, but this one worked for me.) After feeling a bit sloppy and haphazard in the approach I was taking to my craft, my mission was to commit myself to creating a habit of deeper structure in my photography. So I committed myself to taking at least one photograph in my bedroom each day for a year.
It has been six years or so now, and while I am no longer committed to the daily photograph from my room, it is still a recurring theme.