We form habits all the time, most of them unnoticed. But how do habits form, and how can we learn to avoid forming bad ones? Charles Duhigg claims that habits take about 30 days to become our default behaviour. This is also the amount it time it takes to rid yourself of bad habits. But as Duhigg explains, it’s not repetition that forms habits – the key is the cue.
So why not start a 30 day challenge? What have you got to lose? You’ll change your habits, and change the future you could have. What’s more, the time you spend doing your challenge will be different, memorable and stimulating, as Matt Cutts explains.
Below are five 30 day challenges to help you improve your personal wellbeing, the personal, blogging side of your business and your health. There are plenty of things to choose from, but if these examples take your fancy give them a go!
One: 30 Day Meditation Challenge
Meditation can a great help. Once you learn how to meditate you can do it anywhere, anytime. But a course like this one will help give structure to your experience, and help you understand meditation as well as practice it. Check out the DoYouYoga 30 Day Meditation Challenge
Two: 30 Day Blogging Challenge
Blogging isn’t just a personal exercise. It’s a vital business activity if you have an online presence. But for many business owners, finding the time to blog seems impossible. Sarah Arrow’s no-nonsense free ebook lifts the curtain on how to become a better business blogger, and keep up your new habit too.
Three: 30 Day Photo Challenge
30 day challenges are all about breaking a new skills or habit down into manageable chunks. This varied Photo Challenge is a great example of this. It’s not demanding, it doesn’t require any specialist equipment, and you’ll learn a lot along the way. Happy snapping!
Four: 30 Days to Better Sleep
Oh man, this is one I need to try. Sleep is vitally important to how well you perform during the day, your stress levels, as well as physical health and fitness. Taking simple steps towards better sleep is a great habit. No more late-night phone-checking!
Five: 30 Day Fitness Challenge – Workout at Home
There are a lot of fitness apps out there – but sometimes simple is best 🙂 I’ve found using an app really helpful to log my workouts – which are usually quick enough to get done before breakfast in the morning. Whatever works for you!
Sticking to your challenge can be hard – but there’s a way you can help stick to your goal: keep it a secret!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these videos and got as much out of them as I did! Good luck with your challenges! Just don’t tell me what they are…