Who’s up for a 30 Day Challenge? I know I am! I have been doing 30 Day Challenges for several months and I’m always excited about starting a new month with new challenges. So, what is a 30 Day challenge? The idea is that you commit to 30 days of focus on a particular activity. You can use a 30 Day challenge to create forward movement on a goal, learn a new skill, or form a habit. As I wrote about last month, I like to have two challenges each month – one for WORK and one for LIFE. This has made such a difference in my pursuit of Work + Life balance.
30 Day Challenge – April Results
April Work Challenge: write a blog post every day
For the month of April, I wanted to write a blog post every day, in order to build up a base of published posts, as well as a bank of scheduled posts. When I started the challenge, I was writing one or two days prior to publishing date on all my posts. I wanted to give myself a cushion, so that if something happened and I missed a day of writing, then a post would still go out.
So how did I do?
Ugh. Not so well. I knew going in that this was going to be a difficult challenge to complete. Writing a blog post every day for 30 days is a huge commitment. It turned out to be even more difficult than I had anticipated.
It takes 4-5 hours for me to write a post from start to finish. That leaves very little time to get other things done; the other things start piling up and that becomes overwhelming. It also makes it difficult to take a day off. There were a couple of days that I had plans – and by the time I got home, I didn’t have enough time to write a post.
As of Tuesday, I had written posts on 14 of 25 days. #fail
April Life Challenge: meet activity goal + 30 very active minutes every day
The challenge for my personal life was to hit marks daily on two metrics that my Fitbit tracks: activity calories and very active minutes (VAM). I realized after I set this challenge that VAM was not a good metric to track, because I can’t see real-time progress. I can only see how I did the following day. Nevertheless, I went forward with it.
This is a much better story, but still not where I wanted it to be. As of Tuesday, I had hit the target 21 of 25 days. I’ll call that a B.
Moving on to May
I have to say, I’m very excited about what I have planned for May. These two challenges will be, well, challenging, but they have the potential to really move the needle in my business and my life.
May Work Challenge: complete one course assignment daily for 30 days
I have signed up for a few self-paced e-courses related to running an online business. I don’t always do well with self-paced education and I fell way behind in April. I want to complete one assignment from any course every day. 30 days, 30 assignments.
May Life Challenge: use Asana every day for 30 days
I have used many different productivity systems over the years from paper to spreadsheets to dedicated task management apps. The task management apps that I’ve been using aren’t working for me anymore, so I’m giving Asana a whirl. I know from past experience that if I use a new tool every day for 30 days, then the habit will be ingrained (or I will learn that the tool is not for me). I like Asana at first glance. This 30 Day challenge will be the litmus test to see if it sticks.
The purpose of this month’s 30 Day Challenge duo is to:
- Level up my skill set by focusing on education. What educational opportunities do you have that you could focus on for a month? It could be a study group, a book that you want to read, or how about free e-courses sitting in your inbox?
- Get back in the habit of using a project/task management app every day. How is your productivity system working? Would it make a difference in your life if you focused on it for a month?
Why not join one or both challenges? Leave a comment here or on the Solopreneur Diaries Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!
P. S. Hat tip to Kate Maxwell for the gorgeous stock photo I used in my image above.
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