Ideas for a 30-day challenge

I’m teaching a class this winter and have been toying with the idea of making it a 30-day challenge. When I found this graphic on the web last week, I thought, “This is it! I’ll do a 30-day declutter challenge.”

I gave this a little more thought and decided no one could declutter for 30 days straight without losing their mind. I mean, I like decluttering and this chart looks daunting.

That got me thinking about other 30-day challenges.

What if you took a month, let’s say August, and declared it a Month of Wellness. For one month, you could:

  • Track the food you eat.
  • Track your weight.
  • Track what you do for exercise.
  • Track how much and how well you sleep.
  • Track days and time spent meditating.

You’d also want to track how you’re feeling at the start, at the end of each week, and at the end of the challenge. The goal would be to end up feeling better than when you started – but you’d also get a feel for what wellness exercises work best for you.

Or you could declare August a Month of Service.

  • This would put you on the lookout within your community or among friends and family for an issue that needs to be solved. 
  • You’d want to think about how much time you can offer in a month.
  • Ideally, you’d find a way to serve that best matches your skills – remembering that your best skill might be team building and finding others to help solve a larger issue.

If you took a month to focus on service, I bet you’d see all sorts of things you never noticed before. It’s amazing how different the world looks when you set an intention.

Or August might be your Month of Kindness. Now you’d be on the lookout for open or anonymous ways to make someone’s day better.

  • These could be simple, one-off acts – like giving a dollar to a homeless person, or buying them a cup of coffee and sitting down for a chat.
  • Or striking up a conversation with a tourist or stranger in town who stops on the street, map in hand, looking puzzled. (This is a regular occurrence in Portland, ME.)
  • Or you could be overtly thankful to everyone who helps you as you go about your day.

If August became your Month of Kindness, I bet you’d see all sorts of things to say “thank you” for that might otherwise slip past you.

What else would make a great 30-day challenge?

  • Meditation
  • Joy
  • Gratitude
  • Travel
  • Knowledge
  • Culture
  • Celebration
  • Openness
  • Get-it-done
  • Generosity
  • Chilling out
  • New ideas
  • Comfort
  • Creativity
  • Community building
  • Saving money
  • Changing habits

Or what if you tossed any of the ideas above that resonate with you into a hat, and drew out one each week? Then you’d have a month to focus on four things that really make you tick. You can do anything for a week. Right? And what’s one month in your entire life to push yourself to see or do things a little differently?

When you’re working on a project, it helps to:

  • Break it into small parts (this is what needs to get done today; this is what needs to get done this week; this is what I’m going to get done this month).
  • Focus on a solitary idea or task.
  • Choose work that lifts your energy.

Now I have my class plan. I’m picturing a top hat filled with possibilities.

What would work best for you?

Cheers from a warm, muggy day in Maine. Our yard is a riot of color today!

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