The 30 Day Challenge movement has been around for several years. I think it may have started with a fitness program, but it has grown to encompass all kinds of activities. The idea is that you commit to 30 days of focus on a particular activity. It may be a habit that you are trying to develop, something new you want to try, or even something you want to give up.
I have been doing 30 Day Challenges (inconsistently) for several months. A problem I had at the beginning was deciding what to focus on, because I had too many ideas, and I couldn’t decide whether to do something work-related or life-related. The turning point for me came when I decided to do two challenges every month – one for work and one for life. This helps me stay balanced.
It also keeps me from chasing BSOs (bright, shiny objects), especially in my business. There are so many things I could be doing at any time and they all seem vital when they pop in my head. Pinterest! Email! Guest posts! Ack! Knowing that I have a 30 Day Challenge related to work keeps me on task and I just add the next BSO to my list of future 30 Day Challenge ideas.
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March #30DayChallenge for Work – Journaling
My work 30 Day Challenge in March was to write 500 words a day in my journal. I’ve always been an inconsistent journaler – sometimes I’ll go for months where I write every day, then I fall off the wagon. I did not journal at all in 2015 and I knew that I needed to build up my writing muscles again, since I was going to be doing this for a living. Hence the challenge.
I’m writing this post on March 28 and I’m pleased to say that I’ve journaled more than 500 words every day this month. I know that I will journal the next 3 days, as well. Because that’s the challenge.
March #30DayChallenge for Life – Activity
My life 30 Day Challenge was to meet an activity goal every day. My Fitbit tracks a metric called “Activity Calories,” which is basically calories you burn when you are actually moving around. It tracks this in 12-week segments. The graph below shows weekly results and you can see that I missed the mark two weeks in a row in February (weeks 2 and 3 on the graph). I didn’t want that to happen again. By working on this challenge during March, I’ve hit the goal for the last four weeks (I did miss it one day).
This leads to my challenges for April.
April #30DayChallenge for Work – Write a blog post every day
In April, I am going to write a blog post every day. This is huge commitment and, honestly, it’s a little scary. I chose it for two reasons.
- Since this is a new blog, I feel like I really need to focus on content. None of my other strategies really matter until there is a significant amount of content on the blog. So, I need to build up a good base.
- Right now, I’m writing one or two days ahead. For example, I’m writing this post on Monday and it will go live on Wednesday morning. That gives me very little room for flexibility. If something comes up, I would need to either skip a posting day or end up writing and posting the same day. I need a cushion – a bank of posts that are written and pre-scheduled. So, while I’m going to write a blog post every day, I’m only going to schedule them to be published three days a week.
At the end of April, if when I meet the challenge every day, then I will have written 30 posts and have six weeks of posts banked up.
April #30DayChallenge for Life – Activity + Very Active Minutes
In April, I want to continue meeting the Activity goal that I tracked in March. This would be an easy habit for me to backslide on, so I want the daily accountability. However, I also want to kick it up a notch. Another metric that my Fitbit tracks is “Very Active Minutes.”
Let me explain the difference between these two metrics. Activity tracks all movement –walking to the coffee pot in the morning, housework, walking around the grocery store, etc. Very Active Minutes, however, tracks a faster pace. This is more a measure of intentional exercise. There are often days when I meet my Activity goal, but I have very few VAMs.
My 30 Day Challenge is to meet my Activity goal + 30 Very Active Minutes every day.
Other #30DayChallenge Ideas
There are lots of other things that you could do as 30 Day Challenges. Some of the 30 Day Challenges that I have done include:
- Follow a morning routine
- Spend 15 minutes decluttering
- Use my planner daily
Some of the ideas on my future list include:
- Spend 30 days really learning ConvertKit. This might include watching a video, reading an article in the KnowledgeBase, etc.
- All things Pinterest
- Learn more about SEO
And the interwebs are full of 30 Day Challenge ideas. In fact, here is a list of 100 30 Day Challenge ideas.
The conventional wisdom is that it takes 30 days to form a habit. Whether you are trying to establish a new habit, add on to an existing habit, or learn something new, 30 Day Challenges are a great way to get in the groove. I’ve shared my 30 Day Challenges for April and I would love to have some company.
Think of something that, if you did it for 30 days in a row, would have a real impact on your business or life. Then leave a comment with your #30DayChallenge for April or head on over to the brand-new Solopreneur Diaries Facebook page and share your #30Day Challenge commitment there.
P. S. Hat tip to Kate Maxwell for the gorgeous stock photo I used in my image above.
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