Try something new for 30 days!

13 Sep

Everybody has seen the TED talk by Matt Cutts on how he improved his quality of life by simply deciding to try “Something New for 30 Days” . Its less than 6 minutes (WATCH IT).

You would be amazed at how your life may be impacted if you actually do start or stop doing ONE THING, consciously, for 30 days. You could improve your healthy, form a new habit, break an old habit, learn a subject, get closer to family and friends and much more.

I’m trying this challenge out myself. I’m taking on a self-improvement challenge for 30 days in an attempt to change poor habits, and build new ones.

My 30-day challenge is to try to eat mindfully (eat more slowly, don’t eat while distracted by TV or web browsing, chew more, stop eating when I’m full, etc.)

No Clue What to Do

I am sure that you are open to trying something new for a period. The problem, I think for most people, is that they have no clue what to stop or start doing. Now that is absolutely understandable because the options are limitless.

How To Come Up With Your Own Ideas

If you wanted to come up with your own ideas a simple method would be to list each department of your life – you will begin to recognize how complex we all are (health, education, spirituality, love and sexuality, family, friends, finances, career, talents, fashion, social media, and much more).

Once you’ve done that, go ahead and break down all those broad categories into smaller groups, if you want (under education, you could have, “formal”, “informal” and so forth).

Finally, list, under each major area and sub-area, 5 to 10 things you would like to stop or start doing for just 30 days.

 Try This List

If you can’t bother making your own list (though I strongly suggest you do so), here are some 50 + things you could try.

 For the next 30 days you can:

1.    Go to bed earlier or wake up earlier or sleep later than you used to.

2.    Fast from Fast-Food.

3.    Become a vegetarian.

4.    Go full out vegan.

5.    Stretch (do yoga without the chanting).

6.    Drink only water.

7.    Walk everywhere (as much as is possible).

8.    Take public transport.

9.    Cut salt and/or sugar from your diet.

10. Pause and breathe deeply for about 5 minutes every (2) hour(s).

11. Call a different member of your extended family.

12. Write a little note to a friend each day telling them one thing you love, respect, treasure and admire about them – why you value their existence.

13. Make sure to complement someone for something they say, do or wear

14. Read the newspaper (all the sections) and listen to the news

15. Spend a few minutes consciously thinking about someone you love

16. Pick up litter that others drop inside your building.

17. Go without Facebook [deactivate account] (I dare you!).

18. Start using Twitter!

19. Work on your Google + account.

20.Watch nothing but local programming.

21. Switch ALL your restaurants and supermarkets.

22.Make sure to carry spare change for beggars.

23.Actually listen to whoever you talk to – Zone in, full eye contact, blocking out everything else, and undivided attention.

24.Go live with your grandma, aunt, or friend.

25.Read something unrelated to work for 15 minutes a day.

26.Read a story from a blog, website way out of your normal range (boating or shoemaking).

27.Write a poem daily.

28.Give a soliloquy every morning.

29.Do a drawing or painting (whether or not you’re artistic).

30.Watch a TED talk (online).

31. Make SURE to do a good deed.

32.Sing a song you love (in the shower perhaps) from start to end.

33.Stop talking altogether (like John Francis).

34.Keep a journal.

35.Read one or more chapters of your bible.

36.Dedicate a time to prayer (and actually pray!).

37.Share your faith for 5 minutes.

38.Listen to a sermon (online).

39.Cut all violent, sexual, self-centred, unedifying music from your diet.

40.Wake for sunrise.

41. Watch the sunset.

42.Commit to learning as much as you possible can from, about, and with one real person you admire.


44.Shine your shoes.

45.Quit swearing.

46.Take multivitamins.

47.Study the latest publications in your field.

48.Say good morning, good evening and all that to people you pass daily.


3 Responses to “Try something new for 30 days!”

  1. gladys September 13, 2012 at 22:13 #

    I am going to try and better my listening skills….

  2. Mymy September 16, 2012 at 08:45 #

    Very interesting , I will do that

  3. Ofoyuru September 21, 2012 at 20:45 #

    Very challenging

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