There are a lot of 30-Day challenge videos and blog posts online. People try veganism for a month or meditate for an hour every day for 30 days; that sort of thing.
I thought it would be beneficial to try some 30-Day challenges with the goal of finding habits that would change my life. I want to have a more purposeful routine, so I figured that this was the way to go.
So, here is the list of habits and challenges that I will be trying out in the coming months. (I won’t be trying them all at the same time!)
There are two challenges I want to try that come under the category of exercise, and they are complete opposites when it comes to intensity.
The first: Walk for 30 minutes every morning.
I don’t get out of the house enough, so I want to try getting up and going for a walk every morning for 30 days. This will not only be good for my physical health, but I think it might have positive benefits on my mental health too. Not to mention that it would give me some extra time to listen to a podcast!
The second: 300 Rep Challenge
I’m not sure if this challenge has a name, but I thought I’d give it a go. The aim is to do 100 reps of press-ups, 100 squats, and 100 sit-ups (or crunches) a day.
The aim of this challenge for me is to see how it affects my muscle mass. I used to go to gym a lot when I played a lot of rugby, but since quitting almost 4 years ago, I haven’t had a consistent exercise routine. Maybe this will get me back into more of a routine, so I can keep healthy.
I have mentioned in a previous blog post that I want to try the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge in January 2020. The challenge involves decluttering one item on the first day, two items on the second, and continuing like that until decluttering 30 items on the last day.
I think this challenge will greatly improve my relationship with stuff, and increase my awareness of being purposeful in what I own. I’m looking forward to it!
Being in the Moment
There are so many distractions in my life that I tend to forget what’s important. Because of this, I have two challenges and habits I want to try out for 30 days to see what effect they might have on my awareness of the present.
The first: A Photograph a Day
For every day in a month, I want to take a photograph of something and upload it to Instagram. My only rules are that two photos cannot be of the same thing, like I can’t take more that one picture of my hamster or the same view I see on a walk. They have to be different enough to warrant uploading.
I am hoping that this challenge will force me to go outside a bit more, and look for opportunities to see new things.
I will be beginning this challenge on December 1st, so follow this blog by email or me on social media to see how that goes!
The second: Meditate Every Day for a Month
The habit of meditating has eluded me for some time. I tried using Headspace for a while at university but I never kept up with it.
For this challenge, I have to meditate for at least 15 minutes every day for a month. I’m interested to see what happens, if I enjoy it, how it affects my mental health, focus, and productivity, and if I want to keep doing it as a regular habit.
And finally: Learn Something New
There is so much that I don’t know and that’s amazing! I love learning new things but I rarely take the time to study something new now that I’m focused on my MA.
So, the plan is to try and learn new skills or topics for 30-Days and see, 1). how much I learn/how good I am at the skill, and 2). how my learning process improves.
Some things I want to try are:
- Languages (French first as I’m going to Paris in the summer of 2020)
- Coin tricks and card magic
- Photography and Filming (capturing and editing)
- Mastering chess
- Martial Arts
There is a lot to learn but it only makes me more excited to start! If you have any suggestions for challenges or things to try, please let me know in the comments and on social media. I would love to hear some of your suggestions!
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