I recently came across a TED talk by Google engineer Matt Cutts where he suggests trying something new for 30 days. His proposition is that it takes 30 days to form a new habit or break an old one, so why not use 30 day challenges to make your life exactly what you want it to be? Matt started biking to work, became a better photographer and wrote a novel using the 30 day technique.
This is similar to my suggestion I made in a recent blog post, Eating the Elephant, where I suggest you should break up big jobs, but I like Matt’s idea that you can do anything for 30 days. This makes the challenge more concrete, and, as Matt says in the video, it makes the time you spend taking these challenges and more meaningful.
I’m inviting readers to take their own 30 day challenges this month to do something new and adventurous. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that you’ve been saying to yourself, “I wish I could . . . ” Set a goal to do that thing daily for the next 30 days and see what happens.
I’ve wanted to be a more consistent blogger, so I’m challenging myself to write 500 words per day for the blog over the next 30 days (hopefully I’ll write something along the way that you’ll find useful!)
Watch Matt’s TED talk for inspiration (it’s only 4 minutes) and then post your personal 30 day challenge below in the comments.