So it’s 2014, a new year, a new start. Or something like that.
While many made their new years resolutions, I made a simple one: not to make a new years resolution.
New Years Resolutions normally start out as great ideas like getting in shape, going on a diet or just changing your general behaviour. The problem is that they rarely get accomplished.
After the mad rush that is Christmas, New Years Resolutions are normally cast aside and eventually forgotten. Up until it gets to the summer and you think to yourself “why didn’t I do that”. You then tell yourself you’ll do it next year, which you inevitably won’t, and then you end up in exactly the same position next year. It’s a vicious cycle.
The 30 Day Challenge
After thinking on it a little, I decided that it would be idea to expand on the idea of a new years resolution. Instead of setting one new years resolution, setting a series of 12 smaller 30 day challenges throughout the year.
There’s a lot of people who try these across the web. I’ve been following Matt Cutt’s blog where he does his own 30 day challenges, and thought it may be an interesting take on the traditional new years resolution.
The idea is simple. For 30 days you try something different. Be that going to the gym, using your smartphone less (or maybe more), walking to work, whatever. And you do it religiously for 30 days, no exceptions.
At the end of the month, you can decide whether you like it or not. If you do, 30 days is more than enough time to establish a habit, and so you’re much more likely to succeed in your goal. If you don’t like it, you can just stop doing it.
For January my 30 Day Challenge is to practice meditation at least twice a day. Meditation is something I’ve done on/off for the past few years now, but I really want to establish a daily meditation practice.
I’ll be keeping this blog updated throughout the month with my progress, and do a write up on the pros/cons at the end of the month.