30 days

Me, Myself, and this blog — Sean Bonner @ 11:57 pm
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I really like the idea of 30 day challenges. But then again I really like the idea of self challenges in general, which should be no surprise to anyone reading this. I try, fail, restructure, try again – things all the time, but putting a “30 day” cap on it turns anything into a great bite sized goal that suddenly becomes attainable. Do one new things for 30 days? Simple.

I sent out a link to my email list from a friend who spent January detaching from digital stuff when around family. The TL;DR is that he restricted when he would look at email, restricted how much time he’d spend on it, and completely cut out phone/laptop stuff at home around family (mornings and evenings). To very positive results.

I always have my iphone near by and wonder how that translates for Ripley. His parents are always staring at these little devices. So reading Javaun’s account was relevant to my interests and I may try something similar. His jaunt into the 30 day challenge was so successful that he spent February catching up with old friends/family – each day contacting someone new.

This is another great idea that I would love to try out because I’m really horrible at staying in touch with anyone. Truth – if we’re friends and you don’t see me on a regular basis and we talk at all frequently that is huge. More commonly when I stop seeing people in person regularly they just fall off my immediate radar, but when I do see them again I’m excellent about picking up exactly where we left off. Even if it’s been years, when I see old friends I feel like I saw them just yesterday. Not everyone is like that however which has led to a lot of people who I think of as important to me, and important to my life – being out of touch. Of course, the problem with talking about something like that is if I say “hey for the next month I’m going to make a real effort to call people that are important to me but I haven’t talked to in a while” and then some people who I know but haven’t talked to in a while read it and don’t get a call they will be all WTF OMG and shit. And rightly so. Or they could call me FFS. But whatever.

I like the idea of constantly improving yourself and just deciding that you are going to make a change can be scary. Saying you are going to make a change for a short amount of time is much less scary. A week is too short to see a difference, but a month is just long enough to get in the habit and see some results. At the end of 30 days if you like the results it’s probably easy to keep going, if you don’t it’s no big deal because it was just a 30 day experiment to begin with.

I’ve talked about trying to do things every day before as well, and I can tell you that making it open ended is much more intimidating, and comes with an unavoidable sense of failure because inevitably you will miss a day and then you broke the streak. But if the streak is never ment to be more than 30 days. That’s cake.

So tomorrow is the 1st day of March. A new month. A new 30 days. Well, 31 technically.

What should I try?

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  1. Hi Sean,

    So have you started? I’ve been doing challenges for about 6 months now. I only do 21 days, though, I guess I’m lazy. I brainstormed a long list of about 30 things i may or may not want to accomplish and then i pick the one the resonates the most at that time. I have done a decluttering challenging in which i got rid of at least one item per day, a fitness challenge, a food journal, a 750 words/day writing challenge, daily meditation, and going without a vehicle.

    One big change that I’ve noticed is that even if that challenges don’t result in daily habits, they still plant seeds in your mind. I might not get rid of an item, or meditate, or write every single day but i still do it more than i would have had I not gone through the challenge.

    I think if I really wanted to implement a new lifelong habit, I would have to give it more time. People have told me 6 weeks. The 21 days is enough for me to have fun, not get too overwhelmed, and still leaves a lasting impression.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you’d like my full list of ideas.

    Comment by Jesse — May 10, 2013 @ 5:20 am

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