Friday, June 04, 2010

Kicking-off My 30-day Challenges

How about doing the same set of things at about the same times and almost every day? They call it routine and monotonous life. We've been there and we all want to break free from our routines. Starting today, I'm setting 30-day challenges to figure out if I can continue to do a particular thing over a period of 30 days and then analyze how I went about it.

Disclaimer: The 30-day challenge idea actually came from a Googler's blog that I read. Actually, I read a lot of blogs and get inspired by some of them. Very few thoughts and ideas actually translate into actions or decisions. But the 30-day challenge always seemed interesting and now I want to set it in motion.

Upcoming Challenges

Here are some of the 30-day challenges I've in mind. I plan to pick two or three from the list because I've to and because they've a common goal. Apart from a different perspective, every challenge gives me (hopefully) interesting topics to blog about (which is yet another challenge I face and hope to accomplish). So, you get the plot there.
  • 30 days of waking up at 5AM for my projects
  • 30 days of learning guitar
  • 30 days of reading a book to my unborn child
  • 30 days of writing non-stop blog posts
  • 30 days of writing for my book
  • 30 days of no TV
  • 30 days of twitter and facebook status updates
  • 30 days SEO optimization
  • 30 days of writing articles for external publications
  • 30 days of designing new websites (WordPress themes)
  • 30 days of connecting with friends
  • 30 days of connecting with family
  • and may more. Maybe I'll list them on the sidebar.
Completed Challenges

Here are some of the things I've been doing in recent times and I'm tempted to mark them as 'Done'!
  • 30 days of practicing Sahaja Yoga - I've been doing it since 8-Feb-2010 and I'm happy I made a spontaneous decision to enroll into the learning session at office. The benefits are wonderful and I've involved my family as well. I plan to involve my friends next because it is too valuable and simple to not share it with everyone.
  • 30 days of 1-cup of tea at office - It was common for me to sip 3 or 4 cups of tea or coffee at office so far. From the past three weeks or so, instead of having tea post lunch, I'm picking up a fresh fruit juice or fruit salad when hunger strikes at around 4PM everyday. I somehow feel good about it.
What would your list look like? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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