Have you ever created a New Year’s resolution and were not able to fulfill it? You know, when you hype yourself up during the last week of December, and then plan out your goals, and your morning and evening routines; then life gets in the way? I know I have. I failed when the goal was much larger than I expected it to be. I didn’t take my goals step by step, but tried to accomplish them in leaps and bounds. It took a bit of time and discipline, but I’ve learned to break down my goals into small daily habits that I could adapt to.
My blog does talk about Life Hacks but this is more of a personal life hack. If you’ve ever set up goals for yourself and wondered why you failed halfway through there might be a good chance you’re biting off more than you can chew.
There are a lot of YouTube channels that talk about 30-Day Challenges that may vary from health challenges, to emotional and environmental challenges. Some of the challenges might be, decluttering, getting in shape, going to bed early and even drinking more water on a daily basis.
I follow Matt D’Avella, who was the director of the documentary Minimalism, and he has been taking on his own 30-Day Challenges for 2019. It was really fun and amazing to see how the challenges helped shaped his habits and helped him push his limits. It was inspiring.
If one of your goals was to workout in the morning, but you’re finding it hard to wake up early and still have enough energy to workout, maybe the first challenge to overcome, is simply waking up early. Instead of your goal encompassing waking up early, going jogging, making breakfast, and then going to work, maybe the goal should just be – to wake up early. You don’t have to pile everything on at once. Perhaps the next 30-Day challenge might be to wake up early and then go for a short walk; just a short walk. Nothing crazy, nothing over the top, but a simple walk.
I wanted to set up 30-Day goals through the rest of 2019, so I could see what habits stuck and which did not. They were only a 30-Day commitments, so the dedication didn’t feel overwhelming. I only had to commit 30 days, out of 365 days in the year, to see how I would adapt.
The idea here is to develop keystone habits, that will help you set up healthy habits, which will help contribute to your larger goal.
A lot of people tend to set goals and are passionate about accomplishing them, but we’re a society that is conditioned to expect immediate results. Developing patience is a skill, no matter what stage you are at in life. The habits may not be easy, but persistence is key.
I tested out my own daily challenges, and when I broke down my goals into smaller habits that I could develop over time, they were easier to accomplish and my habits stuck with me.
If you’ve had a goal in mind, and you still want to accomplish it, perhaps breaking down the goal into 30-Day habit challenges, might help. If you have a partner or friend or internet support group that can do a challenge with you- all the better! It’s only a 30-day commitment, so why not? You can find a lot of 30-Day challenges on the internet, but I thought I would make a list of 50 challenges, that I thought were interesting, down below.
Here is a list of fifty 30-Day Challenges:
- Drink more water
- Plan all of your meals in advance
- Practice good posture
- Make a green juice or smoothie every morning
- Eat 7-9 cups of veggies every day
- Keep a food journal
- Bring your lunch to work
- Detox your house of harsh chemicals
- Cook a new recipe every week
- Eat vegan or vegetarian for a month
- Take a cold shower
- Eat local
- Take a 30 minute walk each day
- Walk 10,000 steps every day
- Take the stairs each day
- Go to the gym
- Set priorities for your day
- Clean up your clutter
- Clean up your digital clutter
- Bullet Journal
- Follow a morning routine
- Follow a bedtime routine
- Make your bed
- Wake up early
- Check email once or twice a day
- No alcohol
- No credit cards, pay only with cash
- No fast food
- No social media
- No shopping
- No sugar
- No soda
- No snacking
- No caffeine
- Listen to audio books or podcasts instead of music
- Say affirmations
- Practice gratitude
- Write down three positive things about your day
- Draw something
- Spend time in nature or at least outdoors
- Take a photo every day
- Take a video clip every day
- Read 20 pages every day
- Learn a language
- Learn a new word
- Learn a skill
- Learn to cook
TAKE THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE! AND GOOD LUCK!