30 day challenges

Aaron shared this TED Talk from Matt Cutts about trying some new challenge for 30 days at a time:

Trying something new for 30 days seems like enough time to build a habit out of it. The key is to find something you always wanted to add or subtract from your life, start with some easy goal, then progress to something and choose small changes if you want them to be sustainable. In the video Matt says there is nothing wrong with big crazy challenges but they are harder to keep after the 30 days.

I already have my first 30 day challenge: learn to program in Python. I already talked about it in my most recent mTF post on Learning Goals. As for future goals I already have a few ideas including:

  1. Read 10 books
  2. Road trip to somewhere new each weekend
  3. Give up sugar (especially energy drinks)
  4. Give up caffeine
  5. Write a Novel (perfect for November)

If you’d like to learn more, Matt Cutts (the guy from the video) blogs about his 30 day challenges here.

  • Chris

    I actually like the idea for November, which is national Novel Writing Month http://www.nanowrimo.org/, of writing a Novel. Then for the next month try and get it ePublished, just for fun.