A List Of 30 Day Challenges You Can Start Today
I had a friend who did 30 day challenges. And then the murders began.
Theres this theory that no matter what you are writing, if you write, And then the murders began on the second sentence, it becomes better. Did it?
Why ask if someone likes 30 day challenges. Lets just make it fun instead. Lets make a list of 30 day challenges I think are interesting. Most of these I have tried. In fact, maybe all of them.
A) HUG one stranger a day. Not as easy as you think, despite the many benefits.
B) NEGOTIATE once a day. At a Starbucks? Ask for 10% off, for instance.
C) DO STANDUP COMEDY once a week for a month.
E) LIVE ONLY IN AIRBNBs for 30 days. Im on my 21st month and its been great.
F) RETURN AN EMAIL to someone from 10 years ago that youve never returned. Do this every day for 30 days. Youll be amazed how grateful and happy you make people. One time someone bought me jamesaltucher.com for my birthday. I didnt respond to his email for four or five years. Finally I wrote back, ok, Ill take it. Were good friends now. AND I am the proud owner of jamesaltucher.com
G) PLAY every day. In last few days Ive played basketball, ping pong, poker, virtual reality games, etc.
H) GIVE AWAY 10% of your income this month. But not to charities. Just to random homeless people or as extra-large tips, etc. You will have at last 3050 individual moments of charity you are not used to.
I) PUT YOUR SHOWER ON EXTREME COLD for at least 4 seconds at the end of the shower. This is supposed to be very healthy. But for the first few days until you are used to it, VERY hard to do.
J) TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH A DAY and put it on Instagram. I did this for a month about a year ago. Id try to find the most interesting person I could find, photo them and interview them. Its hard to go up to people!
K) WRITE every day. Ive been writing every day since 2002. The great thing is, if you write 1000 words a day you have enough material for about 68 books a year. Because of this challenge I started so long ago Ive written 18 books (13 bad books, one ok book, 4 good books).
L) THE NO COMPLAINTS CHALLENGE. Probably the hardest challenge on this list. Simply dont complain for 30 days in a row.
M) COME UP WITH ONE APP IDEA A DAY. Then spec it out, put it on Freelancer Hire & Find Jobs and see if people bid to do it. Yesterday I spec-ed out an app for people who are Going Steady (the app deletes all the dating apps on your phone). I put it on Freelancer Hire & Find Jobs and then wrote about what happened next (on my FB page).
N) WRITE A BOOK IN A MONTH. Think of something you love, write about it every day for 30 days, then upload the result to Amazon and self-publish it as a book. It doesnt matter how long it is. For instance, if you love TV, write about a different favorite TV show every day and what you learned from it, then title the book, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from TV.
O) EXERCISE EVERY DAY. 30 minutes at least. See how you feel after 30 days.
Ok, this is a good number of challenges to start with. If you can even do one of these I guarantee your life will change.
At the very least do this:
P) WRITE DOWN TEN IDEAS A DAY FOR 30 DAYS.
Your idea muscle needs to be exercised, like any other muscle. Do this for a month and you will become an idea machine.
Even further, write down ten ideas to help others and send the ideas to them.
This will make you an idea machine and a networking machine. You will meet people and create opportunities.
Dont think of these thing as challenges. Think of them as beginnings.