30 day challenges are becoming very popular.

There’s everything from decluttering to eating paleo being wrapped up in a 30 day challenge.

And, it makes sense. 30 days is short enough to get a real taste of the change you’d like to make, or the goal you’ve set but not so long it becomes a Herculean feat to accomplish. I’ve set myself little challenges before, like the no-spend-month or really small ones like the $20 for ten days challenge. But, I’ve never considered setting myself a new challenge every 30 days. Until I watched the short (3 minute) Ted talk shown below.

The question then becomes; if I’m going to set myself a 30 day challenge, what would I do? It’s not quite the same as being told you’ve got a carte blanche to go do whatever you want for a month but, strangely, there’s definitely an element of excitement surrounding that question. What would I do? What could I do? 

30 Day Challenge Ideas

  • Learn to meditate
  • Complete a daily DVD exercise session
  • Eat primal for 30 days
  • Write a book
  • Eat dinner at the table – we’re really bad at this
  • List something new to sell each day for 30 days (Facebook, eBay, Gumtree, etc.)
  • Clean and tidy an area of the house (inside and out) every day
  • Learn to crochet
  • Paint my house – solo
  • Spend an hour in the garden every day
  • Daily green juice challenge
  • 30 day declutter – fits nicely with my June goals.

That’s a year’s worth of 30 day challenges right there. Some of these are new skills to learn, some are habits I hope to cement into my daily routine, others are rapidly gaining albatross status (painting the house) because it’s a big job to undertake on my own. I’d like to think that using it as a 30 day challenge might enable me to see it as 30 small jobs rather than one very big one. That’ll be a challenge for when the weather warms up again, maybe October or November. Stay tuned for updates!

Change your life - 30 day challenge

I’m now curious to see if completing successive 30 day challenges really will have a markedly positive effect on my life. It seems too simple but, as Matt says,

I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick.

Even if only two or three of these challenges create lasting change, it’s definitely going to be change for the better. And, building a better life is worth a little extra effort, don’t you think?

Do you regularly set yourself 30 day challenges? What are some of the ones you’ve completed?

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